Re: Mormons and science

From: bivalve (
Date: Wed Sep 25 2002 - 17:22:27 EDT

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    BYU faculty are not necessarily Mormon, though they apparently have
    to agree to obey some of the external legalistic issues such as no
    caffeine or alcohol. A grad student from the lab here just
    transfered to BYU for work on evolutionary biology, neither her nor
    the professor there being Mormon. She was talking about the evasive
    tactics necessary to get coffee or beer.

    I believe there is official acceptance by the main Mormon sect of an
    old earth, though individuals may have YEC leanings. Archaeology
    would be more of a problem than evolution, although the biogeographic
    errors in the Book of Mormon would have connections to mammalian
    evolution. Comparative literary studies could also raise trouble,
    especially given the close resemblance between the Book of Mormon and
    a slightly previously published novel, in addition to Mark Twain's
    observations on its resemblance to the Bible with the good parts left

    Relatively few denominationally-affiliated schools are big enough to
    have a publication series on geology, even if they are favorably
    inclined towards geology.

         Dr. David Campbell
         Old Seashells
         University of Alabama
         Biodiversity & Systematics
         Dept. Biological Sciences
         Box 870345
         Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA

    That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted
    Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at
    Droitgate Spa

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