Man His Origin and Destiny by Joseph Fielding SmithIll admit I came in knowing this book was an anti-evolution text and I was, as a biologist, prejudiced against it. But it was worse than I thought it would be. I understand that a then Mormon apostle would use Biblical verses to counter evolution (although I find it a very poor way to set up an argument against any scientific concept). I was not surprised that Smith displayed many popular arguments against evolution. I was shocked, however, that Smith would say things like it has been truthfully said that organic evolution is Satans chief weapon in the dispensation in his attempt to destroy the divine mission of Jesus Christ and Believe it or not! This is the rubbish palmed off on the innocent and promulgated by the cunning, crafty, designing men bent on destroying the Bible order of creation and this is what comes naturally out of the doctrine of organic evolution. It ridicules religion. It denies the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Jesus Christ. The only way to really counter an argument of any kind is to be calm and concise. State what the facts are in as unbiased a way as possible. Smith failed miserably at this. Every few paragraphs he spews off about how evil evolution is. Without facts or scripture or some rationale, thats just an unjustified opinion.
I was proud however, when I realized one of Smiths chief opponents (although predating him by over fifty years) was Andrew Dixon White, the founder of Cornell University. As a Mormon scientist, Im glad to be associated with White instead of Smith.
Man His Origin and Destiny by Joseph Smith
Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And why am I here? These things still puzzle us, at least many of them do, yet these are thoughts we cannot help reflecting upon. We see children born into the world, and we see spring and summer, autumn and winter follow each other in regular succession, and we ask ourselves, By what power were these things brought about? Why are we here and what is the object of all these things which we see around us? He contemplates God and his own destiny in the economy of heaven and rejoices in a blooming hope of an immortal glory.
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No Death Before the Fall The creation was paradisiacal. There was no mortality. Death for all forms of life began when Adam fell. Elder Robert D. Here is the full paragraph from President Smith's book the words Elder Hales quoted are in bold : "This being true, then does it not appear to you that it is a foolish and ridiculous notion that when God created this earth he had to begin with a speck of protoplasm, and take millions of years, if not billions, to bring conditions to pass by which his sons and daughters might obtain bodies made in his image? Why not the shorter route and transplant them from another earth as we are taught in the scriptures?