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Science and Faith are NOT mutually exclusive!

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 Science vs. Faith

It’s a theme that has fascinated and frustrated thinkers throughout the centuries. And a common idea is that many people favor one or the other, but not both. Sometimes believers are painted as mindless sheep who shy away from knowledge gained by reason and science. On the flip-side, those who are highly educated academically are often stereotyped as skeptical or even outright incredulous of the notion of God (among other things). But LDS theology and scripture eviscerates this false dichotomy. Here are a few examples:
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“Seek ye out of the best books…; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
(Doctrine & Covenants 88:118)

To be learned is good, if [you] hearken unto the counsels of God.”
(2nd Nephi 9:29)

“The glory of God is intelligence.”
(Doctrine & Covenants 93:26)

So there you have it:

Secular intelligence need not diminish religious conviction, and vice versa.

They work together to form truth.
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What are YOUR thoughts/experiences

concerning these ideas?

science and faith are not mutually exclusive

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Writing a blog is not an exact science.

Just sayin’.

nobody said it was easy…

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Divine Organism

A few years back, a stupid 90s pop song suggested that the human race was merely mating mammals likened unto primates on a popular scientific television program.  Um, that’s pretty ridiculous, if you ask Kath.  Check it out:

Plus there are WAAAAAY better episodes to discover by clicking our channel changer to something else…

And now I would like to share a poem from a few years ago (I wrote it for extra credit for Biology 100 at BYU).  It is not exactly related, but it still speaks of these ideas of science/God/creation, et cetera.  Again, I’m no scientist (and don’t pretend to be!).  But I like to try to explore the ideas of reconciliation of seemingly opposing truths (over which theologians, experts, and philosophers have fought for centuries!).  HERE IT IS!

Creation or evolution?

What’s the solution?

Did God make man?

Or is it from apes we began?

Some thump their Bibles, saying evolution is libel

Some their microscopes claiming God is a hoax…

Creation or Evolution?

What’s the solution?

In this time of scientific and religious growth,

maybe the answer is BOTH!

What didjaylthink?  Again, I don’t pretend to be an expert (but check out more about Mormon scientist Henry Eyring here!) and I CERTAINLY don’t pretend to be the only person who thinks creation and evolution do not need to be mutually exclusive (line of propriety YET AGAIN!).

But seriously that poem is pretty awesome 🙂

(read it again and ponder every. single. word.)

And now a beautiful song from a band that has had on an indelible influence on not only music, not only the world, but also on Katherine!

Lyrics here

(the title is phrase-twisting Mr. Chuck 🙂 Darwin’s famous piece…)

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There is obviously a lot more to say about these ideas (and you better believe I have more to write!), but this much will suffice for today.

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This is a picture from an LDS temple, where we learn more about how divine (of organisms) we really are.

(and I’m allowed to show this pic in case you are wondering!)

Readers:  What are YOUR thoughts on evolution,

science, God, creation, etc.?

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“We are more than just mammals.

We are a special species.”

~Katherine Anne Wilkinson

 

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I don’t love it when people watch R-rated movies, but I’ve watched a few in my life.

Back to the original topic as explicated in my title:  I have another great blog post brewin’ about the topic of Mormons /R-rated movies/ Katherine.  But for now, let me just say this:

LDS leaders have long counseled it’s members to be selective about their choice of media.  They have even specifically cautioned to avoid R-rated movies.  However, as always has been and always will be, individual agency is acknowledged and respectedJust be smart, ok?   

(queue less formal voice here:)

But just so you know, I made a deal with Aphrodite.  If any of my readers watch R-rated movies, within 10 days she will strike you with a thunderbolt of blasphemy.  Plus why do you need to watch films anyways?  I know a GREAT blog you can read for entertainment, spiritual nourishment, and ugly pictures of a beautiful girl…

Oh, and one final thought.  After reviewing the video (all good writers review their work), I realized I mentioned I’m not a scientist.  Which I’m not for the most part.  But I still like the song, particularly when Natasha sings it:

Also, I was right about Potassium.

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The Law of Thermodynamics

The entropy of my bedroom…

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is always increasing!

#not proud of it, but gotta laugh so I don’t cry, know what I mean?)

#not usually this bad, just wanted to exaggerate for artistic purposes (it was moving day a few years ago)

*Famous (and weirdo) American writer Thomas Pynchon has a relatively renowned short story called “Entropy” dealing with slightly related themes, but in a less funny and more disillusioning way.  Like, we close ourselves off from the world cuz it’s so bad.  Sad.  Will write about that piece eventually…

#hey boys, if we fall in love I promise I will remedy this bedroom situation STAT and be your perfect cookie-cutter Mormon housewife!  I’ll sweep the floor if you sweep this girl off her feet.

I will sweep, sweep, sweep you off your feet…

~Ingrid Michaelson

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Especially not literally….

If 2 people are getting to know/courting/dating, whatever you wanna call it, that’s awesome.  But once the kiss comes, whole new game plan.  I mean, I don’t need to have a ring or anything.  But here’s what:

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YOU SHOULDN’T BE KISSING TWO PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME!

not literally kiss~

Especially not literally.

“What do kisses mean when robbed of their sacredness?”

LDS President Spencer W. Kimball

Oh, and the following video is for a certain someone who just may have inspired this post.  I am NOT angry, I am NOT vindicative, but I AM super good with the wordplay and just had to do an anonymous shout-out.  I don’t rat anyone out, but friend just COUNT (literally!) how many references I make:

How many did you find (it’s over 10…)?  Oh, the travesty…

“You know I ain’t gonna dis you on the Internet…”

~Beyonce

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T-shirts I LOVE!

I want THIS T-SHIRT:

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(chemical equation of Chocolate)

and THIS T-SHIRT: Image

(from “The Big Bang Theory“)  watch here:  (TOTALLY CLEAN AND FUNNY CLIP, Sam):

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I HAD these t-shirts, but Tori Blonquist Powell borrowed them and never gave them back.  It’s alright, girl.  Ain’t holding a grudge.  Let bygones be bygones. You’ve done so much for me that stupid t-shirts don’t matter…Still, I can’t help but reminisce…

(they said “I can’t, I’m Mormon,” but Eliza and I thought our Mormonism empowered us instead of limited us, so we modified a little)….

A whole blog post devoted to shirts, you might ask?  Um, would you rather have me walking around like this? 🙂

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#scandalous

#brandichastain

#aftermyrace

#trick question

#careful how you answer

#don’t judge

#sorry mom

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