The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce a symposium devoted to questions of religion and science, to be held on Saturday, 9 November 2013. We have tentatively settled on a venue in Utah County, but I’ll hold off on that specific announcement until everything is finalized. I’m simply eager, excited even, to get the word out, hoping that people will put the date on their calendars and plan to be there.
Science and Mormonism have nearly always been on very friendly terms, with Church members sharing the deep conviction that, as expressed by former scientist and apostle Elder James E. Talmage, “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.” Subsequent Presidents and General Authorities of the Church have advanced similar views about the ultimate compatibility of religious and scientific truths and, with notably few exceptions, have maintained markedly positive attitudes toward both the methods and conclusions of mainstream science and the advance of modern technology. This symposium will feature the personal perspectives of prominent LDS scientists addressing the theme of “Cosmos, Earth, and Man.” Through presentations, panels, and interactive discussions, attendees will hear concise and colorful summaries of the state-of-the-art in scientific research relating to these topics and will gain a deeper appreciation of the unique contributions of LDS doctrine to the ongoing conversation.
The organizers of the symposium are David Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [retired] and University of California, Davis; http://www.davidhbailey.com/dhb-resume.pdf); John S. Lewis (Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, and Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries; http://mormonscholarstestify.org/2791/john-s-lewis); Gregory L. Smith (MD in private practice; http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/author/greg/); and Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw (Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, http://www.ihmc.us/groups/jbradshaw/ ).
Posted from Phoenix, Arizona