Apparent contradictions between religion and science, he explained, “are to be expected as long as human understanding remains provisional and fragmentary. Only as one’s understanding approaches the divine will all seeming contradictions disappear.”
Also: “There is no conflict in the mind of God, but often there is conflict in the minds of men.” And “The things we believe are only a part of the things that are yet to be revealed.”
Henry Eyring died on Dec. 26, 1981, in Salt Lake City, just two months after a large meeting was held in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his famous paper with Polanyi, “Über einfache Gasreaktionen” (On Simple Gas Reactions). He continues to be a worthy role model for Latter-day Saint scientists.
Daniel Peterson teaches Arabic studies, founded BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, directs MormonScholarsTestify.org, chairs hmormoninterpreter.com, blogs daily at patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson and speaks only for himself.
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