Ok, this is a post to tackle a few issues. #1, Bishop Rick did request a post: “Personally, I would like to see a post that shows how evolution could fit inside the Genesis account of creation. I predict a lively discussion there.” I did do a post on Evolution, but he didn’t know me then (My blog was very new.) However, it was quite lively over at Mormon Matters! This current post can also be considered a follow-up to my previous post on Science and Religion.
Also, the conversation veered off the road on my Malay post, going into the space-time continuum. So, since I like to compartmentalize things, I thought I’d open up a new post where space-time continuum, advanced civilizations, etc can be talked about. So, this is basically a science post where you can post anything to do with science vs religion. I don’t care about threadjacking here, as long as it shows some reference to science. I do want to pull a quote from Nachminides, as we start this discussion. I posted this previously on my DNA post:
“Although writing more than 700 years ago, [Rabbi Moses] Nachmanides’ message is even more clear and relevant today. His writings directed the person of faith to realize that there is much more hidden than revealed, both in the traditional Biblical writings and also in the natural world. Our challenge is to continually study and investigate both realms, with the realization that apparent conflicts are merely artifacts of temporary incomplete understanding in one or both realms. This avoidance of intellectual pride, allows the person of traditional religious faith to work comfortably within the framework of rigorous scientific hypothesis and empiricism. This is also in keeping with the rationalist approach in Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed.”
So, Bishop Rick, before you get started on Evolution/Creation, please read this blog post from S Faux, Biblical Genesis Corresponds with Evolution. I’m no expert, but Faux is an LDS professor at a university in the midwest. I think he presents a pretty compelling argument, especially for those like you who view the creation story as non-literal.
For those wanting to discuss space-time continuum, feel free to continue the discussion here. (I want to quote Doc Brown from Back to the Future, “1.21 jigga-watts!!! He mispronounces it badly, it should be giga-watts.) Perhaps we need a flux capacitor to truly understand all the implications of the Theory of Relativity. Star Trek handles time travel pretty well too, and can go back or forward in time relatively easily. Of course, don’t forget Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure! Someone mentioned that people don’t go into the future, but I think that is because we have no idea what needs fixing in the future. It’s much easier to look on the past and fix that instead.
Anyway, I think science and religion ARE compatible, but sometimes it is hard to see how.