That's kind of a tough question to answer... because some of our doctrine on that subject are considered to be very, very sacred and generally not discussed outside the Temple.EDIT: And I'm not even sure what Mormons believe regarding the creation account in Genesis. Maybe ArcticFox would be willing to shed some light on that account? Do you guys believe that the Genesis account is literal, Ken Ham style? Or is it a metaphor? Or somewhere in between?
I'm a believer in some sort of theistic evolution, though I haven't decided how much quite yet. My general belief is that there is too much scientific and observational evidence of various things (adaptation, starlight travel time, etc.) to dismiss the idea of some kind of old universe or evolution. Additionally, I've become extremely irritated with widespread religious dismissal of scientific evidence, so I've been headed more and more into this mindset since I've taken college-level courses. It's funny, I never had the stereotypical "extreme left-wing liberal atheist professor with a chip on his shoulder against Christians everywhere" tell me that my religious beliefs were stupid. I've had a really good education that encouraged me to ask questions, and I've sort of guided myself to this conclusion.Yeah, I can't disagree on a theological standpoint. The whole thing kind of falls apart (for many denominations) if you take out the original sin story. But I'm not a Christian, so I don't really have a dog in that fight. There are some people 'round here who believe in theistic evolution though, so I'd be interested in hearing their point of view. Brandon? C$?
EDIT: And I'm not even sure what Mormons believe regarding the creation account in Genesis. Maybe ArcticFox would be willing to shed some light on that account? Do you guys believe that the Genesis account is literal, Ken Ham style? Or is it a metaphor? Or somewhere in between?
True, it's all irrelevant to the point, but somehow every single evolution debate I've ever been involved in comes down to that stuff. The problem is it seems like people are either emotionally involved and need to be right, in which case it's like debating between religions. This is particularly frustrating for me because my opponent(s) usually project that need for validation onto me. (Which hits me as absurd because I have no reason to be emotionally invested in it one way or another.) ...or it boils down to a "my expert is smarter than your expert" swizzling match which is just impossible to unravel.Arctic, I would love to hear your scientific issues you have with evolution. Forgive me if you have already told me, but most of all I recall is complaints of how evolution advocates conduct themselves, and we can go on about displays of insecurity and superiority complexes and antagonistic rhetoric, but it's really all irrelevant and besides the point. They aren't the theory of evolution.
I'm not really much of an authority on this, primarily because I tend to be rather dismissive on the veracity of the theory of evolution. To be honest, I tend to find such long-winded debates pointless, since they are unlikely to change anyone's mind on what they believe.That said, most Mormons I've talked about this with regard the Genesis account to be accurate but highly metaphorical, and do generally accept the theory of Evolution. Sstavix's experience may differ from mine on that.
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