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J. Golden Kimball: Apostle and Folk Hero: The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball
Reviews I 165 Using Barbour's categories and terminology, a few key questions could be asked: Can our realistic interpretation of the world be extended to a full scientific realism? What is the relation of this world to the previous one and to the future one? Are God's physics the same as ours but more refined? What kind of truth have we found? Further, how does the scriptural promise that we keep the knowledge we gain here relate to science? If our enterprise of science (i.e., developing better explanations of increasingly diverse and obscure observations) is similar to God's science, could we not, therefore, jump immediately to new scientific levels by God's gift of a few laws of physics? Or does our science, like our moral progress, require step-by-step addition of knowledge? These questions are difficult enough, but perhaps the best approach to them is in Barbour's technique of language analysis. It sometimes seems that our abhorrence of dogma or theology in the Thomist sense nourishes our predilection for linguistic imprecision. By using key words loosely, we allow flexibility of interpretation but we also invite sloppy thinking. What is the information content of words like "light," "truth," and "intelligence" in Mormon theology? "Spirit" in common usage differentiates something from "matter"; how are we to read Joseph Smith's "spirit is merely a more refined form of matter"? When we think of the general problem of science and religion, there is really no one solution. There can be no set of reconciliations broad enough to cover both subjects, but there can be good resolutions within smaller parts which will give satisfaction. There is a particular need in the Church for scientists to analyze and synthesize their own experiences and then to suggest ways to integrate these two means of interpreting the events of the world and the scriptures. Fear is the only dividend of avoiding the issues. Both science and religion are attempts to interpret our experience. Not all people have experiences in a scientific structure, nor do all have religious experience sufficiently clear to provide contrast and conflict. Nevertheless, Mormons, more than most, should be interested in acquiring knowledge of the sort that will allow them to understand, in the broadest sense, the world—physical and spiritual— around them. Ian Barbour's book is a good beginning toward such an undertaking. J. Golden Kimball: Apostle and Folk Hero Richard M. Dorson The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of ]. Golden Kimball. By Thomas E. Cheney. Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City: Peregrine-Smith, Inc., 1973. (Originally published by Brigham Young University Press, 1973.) 155 pp. $6.95. Even before his death in 1938 at the age of eighty-five, J. Golden Kimball had become the most talked about of all Mormon churchmen. He was himself cognizant of his reputation, and when a nephew told him. "Well, Uncle Golden, I heard another J. Golden yarn today," he scoffed, "I'll bet the damn thing isn't genuine. Seems like all the stories told these days are either about me or Mae West." To