“‘Science’ (that wonderfully convenient personification of the opinions, at a given date, of Professors X, Y and Z)” — Aldous Huxley

“Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.” — 2 Nephi 27:26

“And they began to reason and to contend among themselves, saying: That it is not reasonable that such a being as a Christ shall come;” — Helaman 16:17-18

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…'” — Isaac Asimov

True science follows the observable truth wherever it goes and develops principles over time and many repeated experiments. Often these experiments will modify or change the theory being tested. We often speak of the Law of Gravity, which is a law, but there is also Newton’s theory of Universal Gravitation which explains the motion of planets and the gravitational attraction between objects. Newton’s theory led to the discovery of the Planet Neptune because the motion of other planets in the solar system could not be sufficiently explained without the presence of Neptune. The Earth is the biggest object in our immediate vicinity and therefore in everyday life we are primarily concerned with our attraction to Earth.

Science is a very useful and important field of study. The problem is that people begin to think that science must be correct about everything and our religious principles must give way to these immutable scientific truths. Sometimes this belief goes so far as to exclude anything that can’t be explained by science. This goes too far.

Science only can explain things that you can see, hear, smell, weigh, measure, taste, touch, and calculate. By the strict measures of science, you can’t define love and how it feels but love is a phenomenon that we are familiar with. Most of all, Science is excelent for describing physical phenomena but can come up short in explaining why.

Science doesn’t leave space for the resurrection, the atonement, or any number of truths that are evident to Latter Day Saints. Science is a useful tool but if it is the only tool in the tool box we are sorely lacking in an ability to explain the world around us.

There’s an old joke about some scientists who have learned so much about life and genetics that they decide to have a little competition with God. The meet up with God and ask him to create something and then the scientists will try to copy it. God picks up a handful of dust, blows on it and a human body is formed and God says: “Behold, here is man who I have created.” The scientists try to copy God by picking up some dirt and before they get started, God says: “No, no. Get your own dirt.” (rimshot)

God knows wayyy more about true science than anyone else on Earth will know for a long time. Maybe one of the laws of science is also obedience of the elements to the voice of the Creator.

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