Quotes of Note- Elder Talmage on Genesis

James E. Talmage

“Let us not try to wrest the scriptures in an attempt to explain away what we can not explain. The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a text-book of geology, archaeology, earth-science or man-science. Holy Scripture will endure, while the conceptions of men change with new discoveries. We do not show reverence for the scriptures when we misapply them through faulty interpretation.”

-Elder James E. Talmage, “The Earth and Man,” LDS Church, Salt Lake City, UT, 1931. Reprinted in The Juvenile Instructor (I’m informed that in 1965, it was just The Instructor), vol. 100, no. 12 (Dec 1965), pg. 474-477 and vol. 101, no. 1 (Jan 1966), pg. 9-15. The bolded portion was cited in the Ensign, Jan. 1986, 38.


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