Here's the latest statement, which is "positive neutrality," which is to say, that
it's not a matter for the Church to have an opinion on one way or the other
(despite what some brethren have written; see my response to John for more
information).  This is the Encyclopedia of Mormonism article on "Evolution,"
written by William E. Evenson, dean of the college of physical and mathematical
sciences at BYU. In an interview with David H. Bailey (an LDS scientist who is, of
all things, the world's leading authority on "pi", the constant), Dr. Evenson said
he worked very closely with Pres. GBH, who was iirc 1st counsellor in the 1P at
the time, on the exact wording. In Public Affairs, when we distributed the EoM to
libraries we were told it was to replace other, earlier "reference books" and our
stake president said this was a reference to Mormon Doctrine, by BRMcC. His
opinion, fwiw, he was reading between the lines. EoM went through a special
two-level correlation process, although even it has the usual disclaimer.

Anyway, here's a link to the entry:
http://www.members.shaw.ca/mschindler/A/eyring_22.htm

Note especially the 2nd last paragraph, which sets out, as I read it, a separation
between science and religion. They are not competing ideologies, although I'm
fully aware that many people use "scientism" as a tool in ideological conflict.

Stacy Smith wrote:

> I thought the church should strongly against the issue on an evolutionary
> process.
>
> Stacy.
>
> At 06:36 AM 11/08/2002 -0900, you wrote:
>
> >Marc,
> >
> >Who in your opinion presents the best, book length, argument in favor of
> >evolution?  And who in your opinion best presents the best argument
> >against evolution?  I ask these questions so that I might systematically
> >study both sides of the issue to see who has the better arguments using
> >the criteria that are important to me.  I ask you because you seem to be
> >the resident expert on this topic.
> >
> >Incidentally, I am not asking for a book list, not even a short one.  I
> >want your evaluation, your carefully considered opinion on the best
> >argument for each side.
> >
> >John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> >===========================================
> >We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients.  But we
> >can't scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is
> >what annoys me. --Jack Handy
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> >All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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