Science Meets Religion
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The scriptures tell why man was created, but they do not tell how, though the Lord has promised that he will tell that when he comes again (D&C 101:32-33). In 1931, when there was intense discussion on the issue of organic evolution, the First Presidency of the Church, then consisting of Presidents Heber J. Grant, Anthony W. Ivins, and Charles W. Nibley, addressed all of the General Authorities of the Church on the matter, and concluded, 'Upon the fundamental doctrines of the Church we are all agreed. Our mission is to bear the message of the restored gospel to the world. Leave geology, biology, archaeology, and anthropology, no one of which has to do with the salvation of the souls of mankind, to scientific research, while we magnify our calling in the realm of the Church.' -- William Evenson (writing under direction of Gordon B. Hinckley of the LDS First Presidency), "Evolution," in Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan, New York, 1992, vol. 2, pg. 478, available at Evenson1992.
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Updated 2 January 2020
The objective of this website is to collect high-quality, authoritative information on topics in the arena of science and religion, and to present this information in a rigorous, intellectually honest, well-documented and non-partisan manner. Topics include evolution, creationism, intelligent design, physics, cosmology, philosophy, theology, biblical scholarship and social issues, organized into more than 80 separate articles (not including an additional 100+ articles in the blog). These articles are updated periodically as new research results and scholarship become available. Detailed references are given in all cases, with web links where available, and all references are listed in an extensive bibliography.
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Outline of Available Material
SMR blog (over 100 items).
This blog features essays, news items and book reviews covering the general realm of science and religion. New items are posted every three or four weeks.
The Search for Harmony: A Summary Essay.
This article summarizes the conclusions of the three Q&A sections below, and sketches some promising directions for an intellectually honest common ground between science and religion.
Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design (28 articles). This section discusses creationism, DNA, evolutionary novelty, fossils, geological ages, intelligent design, irreducible complexity, the origin of life, probability, radiometric dating, speciation, thermodynamics and related topics.
Philosophy (22 articles). This section discusses atheism, controversies, determinism, history of the science-religion conflict, morality, naturalism, postmodernism, pseudoscience, scientific progress, secular humanism, social decline, and related topics.
Q&A: Physics and
Cosmology (17 articles). This section discusses the anthropic principle, big bang cosmology, computer science, cosmic coincidences, the cosmological constant paradox, Fermi's paradox, fine tuning, inflation, the multiverse and related topics.
Theology (23 articles). This section discusses biblical archaeology, biblical inerrancy, big bang theology, evolution theology, God as a scientific hypothesis, God-of-the-gaps theology, natural law, Noah's flood, commentary on the "war" between science and religion and related topics.
Bibliography (approximately 1000 items).
This links to a comprehensive bibliography of all works cited in the articles above.
LDS pages (15 articles).
This section of the website includes some material specifically of interest to LDS readers.
Editor's website: Research website.
Disclaimer and copyright: Material on this site does not necessarily reflect views of the research institution, funding agency (if any) or religious affiliation of the editor or any of the specific authors listed for this material. Also, individual authors are solely responsible for their authored material. All material is copyrighted (c) 2020 by David H. Bailey.
Acknowledgments: The editor wishes to acknowledge many useful comments and contributed material from numerous friends and colleagues, including Glenn Branch, Brent Dalrymple, Peter Hess, Mark Isaak, Duane Jeffery, Kenneth Miller, Steven Peck, Eugenie Scott and others.