Converging Paths to Truth

by Michael D. Rhodes

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Are science and religion in conflict with one another, or do they support each other? Does one's belief and allegiance to science discredit or disavow religion - or vice versa? Many great scientists such as Newton and Einstein spoke and wrote freely of their religious thoughts and feelings, seeing no fundamental conflict between them and their science. Today there is a tendency to emphasize conflict more than harmony. Sometimes people of faith are criticized as blind, naive, or shallow, while scientists are painted as arrogant, unfeeling, or deceived. Educated dialogue between these two camps has too often been reduced to shallow platitudes or, even worse, silence.

The chemist who developed the absolute rate of chemical reactions theory, Henry Eyring, wrote, "The scientific method which has served so brilliantly in unraveling the mysteries of the world must be supplemented by something else if we are to enjoy to the fullest the blessings that have come of the knowledge gained. It is the great mission and opportunity of religion to teach men 'the way, the truth, the life,' that they might utilize the discoveries of the laboratory to their blessing and not to their destruction." Eyring's teachings suggest that when the discoveries of the scientific method become working partners with faith, each enhances the other to the blessing of humankind.

Truth is not in conflict with itself. Religious truth is established through revelation, and scientific inquiry has uncovered many facts that have thus far stood the test of time. It is incumbent upon us to seek insights into all truth to mesh together, where possible, its parts at their proper interface. We discover bridges between scientific and religious knowledge best if we pursue them through study, faith, and ongoing dialogue. The Summerhays lectures and this book are dedicated to discover and share insights on how the truths of revealed religion entwine with knowledge from the sciences.

    Contents
    INTRODUCTION
    Michael D. Rhodes and J. Ward Moody
  • FAITH AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
    Terry B. Ball
  • IN YOUR MIND AND IN YOUR HEART
    Rodney J. Brown
  • CONCERNING ASTRONOMICAL REFERENCE FOUND IN THE SCRIPTURES
    H. Kimball Hansen
  • A BRIEF SURVEY OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON'S VIEWS ON RELIGION
    Steven E. Jones
  • THE QUEST FOR TRUTH: SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS
    Robert L. Millet
  • TIME IN SCRIPTURE AND SCIENCE: A CONCILIATORY KEY?
    J. Ward Moody
  • THE SCRIPTURAL ACCOUNTS OF THE CREATION: A SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE
    Michael D. Rhodes
  • EVOLUTION AND THE GOSPEL: SEEKING GRANDEUR IN THIS VIEW OF LIFE
    Michael F. Whiting
  • INDEX

About the Author

Michael D. Rhodes

Michael D. Rhodes is an Emeritus Associate Research Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU, where he taught from 2003 2011. He was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the United States Air Force Academy. His degrees include a BA in classical Greek and MS ins physics. He has published in Egyptology, astronomy and LDS scripture topics.

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Thought provoking
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I found this very useful - full of quotes from scriptures, prophets/apostles, and scientific sources, as well as theories, conclusions, and testimonies from the various lecturers. It made me think about the harmony between Religion and Science, for Truth is Truth.

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