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And, John Paul II wrote an encyclical that I think is one of the finest statements on Faith and Reason I've read. I make all my students read portions of it in my Philosophy of Biology Class:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_15101998_fides-et-ratio_en.html


As always, thanks for the nod.

It seems to me that a scientific advisory board would be compatible with D&C 9.

Sounds like a great idea to me. I am sure it would help harness a tremendous amount of wisdom within the institutional church that is currently ignored and/or derided. However, I suspect it will make many people uneasy to have such an obvious working process that actively draws from the philosophies of men mingled with scripture.

I definitely agree. I've been reading quite a bit on this topic lately, most recently the book Mormon Scientist. And it's stuff like this that I think Henry Eyring (the chemist) would wholeheartedly accept- and participate in. Back in the 60's and 70's, the whole battle over faith and science was something that the Church really had a hand in and General Authorities openly sponsored the efforts of LDS scientists to educate the Saints in relation to both areas and help them accept a broader, more enlightened view of the world. Of course, I think ideas like this naturally will cause some strife amongst members who feel threatened by what is unknown (which is a lot more than we tend to think think). Yet still, ideas like this are most assuredly in compliance with the scriptures, for it was the Lord himself who once said to the Elders, "let us reason together, that ye may understand." (D&C 50:10)

Great post.

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