Sunday, February 15, 2009

Note to Salt Lake Tribune: Mormons do NOT "generally accept evolution"

The Salt Lake Tribune announced Friday that Latter-day Saints "generally accept evolution." Yet in the same sentence, the paper also states that the First Presidency's official statement on the subject contains "anti-evolution sentiments."

In what blogger Matt B. last year called "the single most extensive canvass of American religious life ever achieved," Pew Forum discovered that "more Mormons, 76%, disagreed with the notion that evolution 'is the best explanation for life on earth' than any other group but Jehovah's Witnesses. Only 21% of Mormons even 'partially agree,' " reported Matt.

It makes you wonder where the Salt Lake Tribune gets its news.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Darwin Bicentennial

This year marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of his book The Origin of Species by Natural Selection.

Evolution Weekend, as it is called, begins today and runs through Sunday, February 15th.  Participating is an interfaith group of more than a thousand congregations from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 15 countries outside the United States (see The Clergy Letter Project).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of course, is NOT participating.

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