Brown, an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who suggested to BYU students and faculty in 1958, ‘Both religionists and scientists must avoid arrogant dogmatism…Scientists and teachers of religion disagree among themselves on theological and other subjects…Even in our own church men take issue with one another and contend for their own interpretations.But this free exchange of ideas is not to be deplored as long as men remain humble and teachable.'” 1959 “Almost a full year later, the First Presidency met with Apostles Petersen and Romney, who had been asked to carefully review Mormon Doctrine.As early as 1895, he had argued in the church’s Contributor magazine that all Darwinism lacked was provision for the intelligent supervision and design of the universe.Viewing Nelson as able and committed to defend the church’s interests in such topics, the church helped subsidize in 1904 the publication of his Scientific Aspects of Mormonism…” 1909 “Subjects ranging from communism to eugenics were hotly debated both in and out of class [at BYA].David Lawrence Mc Kay, a son of President David Mc Kay and a member of the general church Sunday school superintendency, read Harrison’s article to his father, who approved it for publication.Harrison’s essay, ‘The Relatedness of Living Things,’ was printed in the July 1965 Instructor and was the most pro-evolution article ever to have appeared in an official church periodical.” 1966 “Biology professor Howard C.
Elder Bennion enlisted the cooperation of Henry Eyring, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Utah, who invited geologist William Lee Stokes and chemist Richard P. ‘I can understand Man: His Origin and Destiny as the work of a great man who is fallible,’ Eyring wrote to Bennion.
Here then was a mechanism for the selection of the favored races that would survive.
Darwin termed it ‘natural selection,’ in contrast to the ‘artificial selection’ practiced by man in improving domestic plants and animals.” , “I Have a Question” Ensign, Sept. 28-29 AGE OF THE EARTH “From the fossil record we learn that the dinosaurs were the dominant animals on earth between 225 and 67 million years ago.” ******** , “Evolution” Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1992, vol. 478 “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 1-33). 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.
“The Earth and Man”, Address Delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah Sunday, August 9, 1931 and subsequently published in a 1931 church pamphlet and the December 1965 issue of The Instructor magazine.
EVOLUTION “Geologists say that these very simple forms of plant and animal bodies were succeeded by others more complicated; and in the indestructible record of the rocks they read the story of advancing life from the simple to the more complex, from the single-celled protozoan to the highest animals, from the marine algae to the advanced types of flowering plant-to the apple tree, the rose and the oak.” DEATH BEFORE THE FALL “The oldest, that is to say the earliest, rocks thus far identified in land masses reveal the fossilized remains of once living organisms, plant and animal…These lived and died, age after age, while the earth was yet unfit for human habitation.” SCIENCE AND THE GOSPEL “Within the Gospel of Jesus Christ there is room and place for every truth thus far learned by man or yet to be made known.” ******** : Letter to Dr. Kent Christensen, February 3, 1959 OFFICIAL CHURCH POSITION “The Church has issued no official statement on the subject of the theory of evolution.” “Neither ‘Man, His Origin and Destiny’…nor ‘Mormon Doctrine’…is an official publication of the church.” SCIENCE AND REVELATION “…any conflicts which may seem to exist between the theory [of evolution] and the truths of revealed religion can be dealt with by suspending judgment as long as may be necessary to arrive at facts and at a complete understanding of the truth.” ******** : “The Relatedness of Living Things”, The Instructor, July 1965, pp.