Science and Religion

Long Life

August 30, 2015
Long Life

People in the Bible lived a really long time.  Check out this table for the ages of Patriarchs from Adam to Noah. Table 1. Ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah   Patriarch Age Bible Reference 1 Adam 930 Genesis 5:4 2 Seth 912 Genesis 5:8 3 Enosh 905 Genesis 5:11 4 Cainan 910 Genesis […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Science and Religion, scriptures | 14 Comments »

“Born This Way” Is Too Simplistic

August 6, 2015
“Born This Way” Is Too Simplistic

“There are so many interacting causes for sexual orientation that two different individuals can be gay for a different combination of reasons. Some people know at earlier ages than others. Some are bisexual rather than gay, some show more change over the course of their life. All this means that whenever someone comes up with […]

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Posted in LGBT, Morality, Politics, Science and Religion, theology, Uncategorized | 36 Comments »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

Combining Evolution and Creationism

July 12, 2015
Combining Evolution and Creationism

There are some people who try to reconcile the Bible’s account of creation with science.  In this interpretation, God uses evolution in the creation process.  Science seems to confirm that man was the last creation of all animals, as Genesis attests.  In this interpretation, Adam wasn’t so much the first man on the earth, but […]

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Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 18 Comments »

Football, CTE, and Agency

May 18, 2015
Football, CTE, and Agency

Athletes, especially football players, have been involved in some high-profile violent incidents. Dec 16, 2009.  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry had a domestic dispute with his fiance Loleini Tonga.  She tried to get away by getting into a pickup truck.  He climbed in the back, and while she was driving, either fell or jumped out […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Science and Religion, Violence | 35 Comments »

Religion as Software for the Brain

March 9, 2015
Brain as computer

In the theory of non-overlapping magisteria, people argue that religion and science both have value because the two cover different domains. The argument is that while science is good for explaining hows and whats, it does not — cannot — explain why. And there’s the value of religion. To me, this dichotomy fails because the two […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 13 Comments »

Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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The Christmas Star in BoM

December 24, 2014
The Christmas Star in BoM

When I was a child, I was always excited about putting the Star on top of our Christmas tree. The story of the Christmas star is found in the Book of Matthew: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came […]

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Posted in Christian, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion, scriptures | 11 Comments »

You should have known better!

November 14, 2014
knownbetter

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion regarding placing of blame for a lack of knowledge of Historical Facts. As Richard Bushman says at a 2008 seminar “Increasingly teachers and church leaders at all levels are approached by Latter-day Saints who have lost confidence in Joseph Smith and the basic […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Mormon Discussion, Race Relations, Science and Religion, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Brain Injuries and Free Agency

August 18, 2014
Brain Injuries and Free Agency

Nearly everyone has been heart-broken over the news of Robin Williams. In recent days, we have discovered that Williams not only had been suffering with depression for years, but also was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Because of Williams death, physicians are being advised to more aggressively treat patients for depression that have been diagnosed […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

Adam: The Mother of all Living?

June 12, 2014
Adam:  The Mother of all Living?

As I was listening to the endowment ceremony, one thing struck me.  Of course it is in the Bible, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to notice this.  We all know that according to the Bible, Adam was created first, out of dirt.  When Eve was created, however, a rib from […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion, Women | 23 Comments »

British Judge Blasts Tom Phillips

March 20, 2014
British Judge Blasts Tom Phillips

The Deseret News is reporting that a British judge has rejected Tom Phillips’ lawsuit against the Church, and called the lawsuit “an abuse of the process of the court.”  Tom’s lawsuit alleged that the Church committed fraud because it lies about its origins in order to obtain tithing receipts. “I am satisfied that the process […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion, Truth. Lying | 17 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

How do we Define the Science of Evil?

February 24, 2014
How do we Define the Science of Evil?

I wanted to continue my series on a National Geographic documentary, The Science of Evil.  (A few days ago, I discussed serial killer Jeffrey’s Dahmer, and his baptism in jail following his horrific murders.)  In this post, researchers at Harvard and Princeton try to see how the brain processes moral judgment.  But how do we […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Global Warming as a Religion

August 5, 2013
Global Warming as a Religion

I just finished SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to Freakonomics.  It’s an entertaining book that I highly recommend.  In chapter 5, they discussed whether global warming is even a threat, and took on both conservatives and environmentalists. the movement to stop global warming has taken on the feel of a religion.  The core belief is that humankind […]

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Posted in Politics, Reviews, Science and Religion, Technology | 14 Comments »

It’s Not Always Discrimination

July 29, 2013
It’s Not Always Discrimination

There has been much made of the apparent pay discrepancies between men and women.  At the recent Miss America Pageant, Nene Leakes posed the question, A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men.  What does this say about […]

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Posted in Mormon, Reviews, Science and Religion | 25 Comments »

DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

June 26, 2013
DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride, Science and Religion | 140 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

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