I’m troubled by improbable, indeed seemingly impossible, issues in the history and doctrine of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. My previous posts: “August 30, 2003 letter to Church President Gordon B. Hinckley,” “Swords and Spears,” “ An Apostate’s Dilemma,” “Too Big To Fai,” “ A Weighty Tome Indeed,” “Matthew 22:21” and “My Quandary,” express some concerns.
If resolve and energy hold, I hope to post on issues such as: Joseph Smith Jr.’s seeing and speaking with angels, Jesus and God Himself, identical Book of Mormon and Bible formats and passages, genetics of pre-Columbus Western Hemisphere indigenous. I will post these in https://wordpress.com/view/myexmormon.com under “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, History and Doctrine, Questions and Issus, Part I, II, III, IV, etc.”
My concerns regarding the LDS, religion in general, revolve around faith and fact. Religion demands faith in things that which cannot be proven. Science’s un-provable axioms and assumptions falls back on faith. Still, for now I go with what seems to me “facts.”
This said, I like to point out that a father of science René Descartes conclude there are two aspects to human experience, physical or material and metaphysical or spiritual. Science scoffed at the latter half of Descartes’s postulate as “the ghost in the machine.” Concluding The Second Creation Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics, Physicists Robert P. Crease and Charles C. Mann give this rebuttal a Quantum twist. It seems Descartes may indeed have been mistaken, not because there is no ghost, but because there is no machine!
Similarly, after studying the workings within a biological cell, J.B.H. Haldane concluded, “There are things there not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine!” There is, of course, far more that I cannot imagine than I can. Still, when faith and fact seem to disagree I’m compelled to proceed from what is observable and verifiable. I may have faith this PC keyboard is a ham sandwich, but however hungry I am, however fervent may my faith, I will not take a bite from this keyboard.
Likewise, The Book of Mormon is rooted in Iron Age folks inhabiting the Western Hemisphere prior to Columbus. Five centuries’ accumulation of Stone Age artifacts fill warehouses and museum shelves, but so much as one rusty iron pin has been unearthed. Keyboard or a stone spear point, I have to go with the obvious.
Again, I emphasize my love and respect for Mormon People. I hope no one will interpret my indiscretions personally.