36) OPPOSING WORLD VIEWS: How does a providential world view differ from an evolutionary world view? Which view should be taken by Latter-day Saints?

Commentary “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the […]

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12) DESTROY FAITH: Does teaching the words of Latter-Day prophets on the subject of organic evolution destroy faith? Does teaching the doctrines contained in the scriptures concerning the age of the earth destroy faith?

Commentary Recently, many in LDS academic circles have promoted the notion that if the doctrines of a physical Creation of this earth by God, a literal physical Fall of Adam and Eve, a literal universal Flood, a literal temporal existence of the earth of a few thousand years and other fundamental doctrines of the Gospel […]

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34) ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE: Did the ancient prophets know more concerning astronomy than modern science?

Commentary Prophetic Statements Darwinist and Neo-Darwinist Scripture Supporting Statements Martin Luther Astronomy is the most ancient of all sciences, and has been the introducer of vast knowledge; it was familiarly known to the Hebrews, for they diligently noted the course of the heavens, as God said to Abraham: “Behold the heavens; canst thou number the […]

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18) CREATIONISM: How should Latter-day Saints view Creationism? Should Latter-Day Saints understand the Creation account literally?

See also: Ica Stones, Dinosaurs and Dragon Legends Commentary Darwinian Evolution and Neo-Darwinism hold to the following principles: All life originated and diversified through chance All organisms are descended from a single common ancestor in the distant past An unguided process of natural selection has the power to produce fundamentally new forms of life through random mutations […]

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17) CONTENTION: Should the discussion of evolution be let alone to avoid contention? Should we defend the Prophets and Scripture?

Commentary Some agree that Darwinian evolution cannot be harmonized with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but they also feel that the issue is not worth the contention that it generally provokes. They feel that controversial subjects should be avoided as they generally accompany ill feeling. What should our position be? The Savior gave us at […]

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01) ACCOUNTABLE: Does what a person believes about organic evolution influence the way he/she lives? Will those who promote the theories of organic evolution stand accountable before God?

Commentary It is interesting to note that at least seven Presidents of the Church have clearly taught that Darwinian evolution weakens faith. President Brigham Young taught that Darwin, Huxley and Miall, three leading biologists of his day, were destroying the faith among the youth of the Saints. Because of this he endowed Brigham Young Academy […]

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28) YOUNG EARTH: Do the revelations teach a 7,000 year temporal existence of the earth? Can the scriptures and writings of the presidents of the church be harmonized with the scientific principle of Uniformitarianism?

See also: Ica Stones, Dinosaurs and Dragon Legends Questions Answered: Do the revelations teach a 7,000 year temporal existence of the earth? Have latter-day Prophets supported this view? Can the scriptures and writings of the presidents of the church be harmonized with the scientific principle of Uniformitarianism? Commentary The scriptures are very clear that the […]

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23) PRE-ADAMITES: Were there “pre-Adamites” or pre-human beings prior to Adam being placed upon the earth? Was Adam a cave-man? Are the world’s teachings about how language and civilization progressed accurate?

Questions Answered: Were there “pre-Adamites” or pre-human beings prior to Adam being placed upon the earth? Were animals also “placed” upon the earth? Was Adam a cave-man? Are the world’s teachings about how language and civilization progressed accurate? Commentary Cave men form an integral part of our culture. Schools use them for mascots, classes in […]

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38) DESTROY FAITH: Does a belief in theory of organic evolution negatively influence faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Can a person have sound understanding of the atonement and fall and at the same time believe in the theories of organic evolution?

Commentary President Joseph Fielding Smith has stated that one cannot have true faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the same time hold to the assumptions of Darwinian evolution. Organic evolution is destructive of faith in God. It is rebellion against him. Those who accept this pernicious doctrine cannot consistently believe in the […]

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33) HISTORY REVEALED: Has the history of the earth ever been revealed? What does this mean for the theory of evolution?

Commentary Can Prophets Understanding Science? Would God reveal to his prophets scientific truths in a manner superior to our current scientific method? Has this occurred in the past? If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [1] […]

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22) JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH: Should President Joseph Fielding Smith’s position on organic evolution be taken seriously?

Questions Answered: Was Joseph Fielding Smith out of harmony with the First Presidency and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve when he published his work Man: His Origin and Destiny? Is President Smith the only witness against evolution? Should the writings of Joseph Fielding Smith, prior to his becoming President of the Church, […]

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26) PATRIARCH AGES: Are the long life-spans of the patriarchs true doctrine? What does this mean for the theory of Darwinian evolution?

Commentary An excellent timeline of the ages of the patriarchs can be viewed at this link. It compiles the references in the standard works in a quick and easy format. It can be easily noted that the long ages of the patriarchs, some extending nearly a thousand years, are supported by the Old and New […]

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08) CONFLICTING PRESIDENTS: Are there many conflicting opinions with diversity of viewpoint among the previous presidents of the Church on the theory of organic evolution? Have some spoken for, some against and others in between?

Commentary The first question that must be asked is, “Does it really matter what the Presidents of the Church have taught in the past?” Some feel to the contrary. They believe that the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ is evolving; that the former Presidents of the Church got some things right, but when […]

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05) DEATH BEFORE FALL: Was there death on earth prior to the Fall? Has the Church changed its position on this?

Commentary Commentary author, James F. Stoddard III The following ten Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught very clearly and consistently throughout there lives that the Fall of Adam on this earth was literal, and that there was no death on this earth prior to this Fall. Joseph Smith Brigham Young […]

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10) 1910 MESSAGE: Was there a 1910 First Presidency Message that taught that man may have evolved?

Commentary Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on this topic. “…Whether the mortal bodies of man EVOLVED IN NATURAL PROCESSES TO PRESENT PERFECTION, THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD; [or 2 other options] … are questions not fully answered in the revealed word of God.” This statement appeared in the “Priesthood Quorums’ Table” […]

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14) BYU’S PURPOSE: Was Brigham Young University established to refute the theories of Darwinism?

Commentary President Young saw the dangers of false philosophies and desired Church schools to combat them. The two primary concerns that rested upon President Young were evolution (Darwinian evolution) and Marxism (socialism/communism). The Presidents of the Church have continually warned of the dangers of teaching that man descended from lower forms of life and President […]

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04) RECENT: Have Church authorities made comments on the theory of organic evolution in recent years? Has the Church changed its position? Are we embarrassed by the statements made by early leaders and the scriptures?

Commentary Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on this topic. First, it must be emphasized that the scriptures and writings of the Prophets are all in harmony on the doctrines that are presented in this FAQ compilation. In some ways less has been said in recent years on this subject. It is […]

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