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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 11:15 a.m. MST

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LDS Tree-Hugger
Farmington, UT

This is exciting!

And yet,
so many good LDS people still believe the Earth is less then 12,000 years old.

One of a Few
Layton, UT

@ LDS Tree-Hugger

There is a a reason for that. It is difficult to reconcile LDS interpretation of OT Adamic scriptures, with evolutionary biology. Other related problematic issues, the tradition that there was no death prior to the apple incident and the idea that all things once living upon the face of the earth, will be resurrected. Even if you limit the belief to there was no human death until after the apple incident, reconciliation is a stretch. It is not just an LDS problem. So of course, when beliefs and evidence appear to conflict, the obvious solution is to ignore the evidence.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

One of a Few:

In my opinion, it is not difficult to reconcile the concept of OT Adamic scripture and evolutionary biology. There is no pure OT Adamic scripture. The oldest books are attributed to Moses. The Genesis accounts are obviously temple texts, full of ritual meaning, often metaphorical.

The tree of knowledge is an entrance into mortality. There is no physical death for any child of God until they take that step. I think that this initiating of life could be both an event and an ongoing process. "Adam" is a plural word in Hebrew. That name could mean all of humanity or a single individual. I believe there were first humans on the timeline. I am pretty sure it occurred long before 4000 BCE. The tree of life is equated with a direct relationship with deity and a continuity of life. This is impossible until a lifelong learning/repentance process is implemented.

Granted, some church leaders expressed some fundamentalist notions in the early 20th century. And I have problems with some evolutionary biologists expressing atheistic notions not supported by science. But many LDS people love natural history and the scriptures, and have no qualms about evolutionary thought.

JNA
Layton, UT

I was trying to find out where in this article the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints was ever mentioned and I couldn't find it. Maybe some of the other posters read a different article.

Hochmut
West Jordan, UT

Maybe this world we live on was formed by the debris of other worlds colliding to form earth and those other worlds had living species we now discover as past creatures and humanoids. Could be and would answer a lot of questions.

In any event, I am certainly open to some options here and someday we'll find out--just like we found out the world was not flat.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

@ LDS Tree-Hugger are you serious dude? The name 'King of Gore' didn't give you are hint? This is one of Al Gore's creation following his most famous internet creation

cjb
Bountiful, UT

From watching nature shows I have learned that several times in the history of this earth that life has been wiped out and then quite quickly was repopulated with other types of species.

To me this suggests the earth was seeded with life, plants and animals and people, not that evolution is responsible for all diversity of life on the planet.

LDS Tree-Hugger
Farmington, UT

Evolution is a FACT.
The doctrine of Eternal Progression supports it as well.

BTW --
I had a very will educated (7 doctorate degrees in biology) good and faithful LDS Bishop working at the Smithsonian Instutde in Washington D.C. explain it to me like this:

Science explains HOW God does things,
Religion explains WHY he/she does things.

Those who get confused, are the ones trying to do all that explaining backwards.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "LDS Tree-Hugger" if evolution is a fact, then why do they still call it a THEORY. If it is a theory, that means that it is just an idea and is not a proven fact.

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