I taught Gospel Doctrine today. It was lesson 3, specifically covering Moses 1:27 through Moses 3. Jim F. put up his post on this lesson more than a week ago and Julie put up another one last week and as usual I consulted them while preparing. I thought the lesson went well today, but for y’all I have a twist…
Julie pointed out the same thing that I noticed this time through the reading — namely that Moses 2 tells the entire creation story through the introduction of humankind as a people, and then Moses 3 strangely picks up the story with Adam as if there were no people or animals introduced in chapter two after all. Julie mentioned that one explanation of this is that chapter two describes a â€œspiritual creationâ€? and chapter three is more about the physical creation. But as I read those chapters this time I found myself thinking it was just the opposite â€“ that chapter two describes the physical creation of the earth and chapter three (the garden narrative) was allegorical.
Once again, it has been my bloggernacle reading that has led me to see these scriptures in new light. You may or may not know it (though you should), but there is an entire blog in our community devoted to the subject of Mormons and Evolution. (And if you think that is odd, then you’ll be even more surprised to learn that there is also an entire blog devoted to the notion that there was no death before the fall!) I have learned a lot from the boys at Mormons and Evolution. I had no particular opinion on the subject a year ago, but as I posted recently, I sort of do now. In short, I think the Mormon evolutionists are on the right track. Further, I picked up and recently posted on the suggestion that the Garden narrative might be an allegory for our pre-mortal existence (I expanded on the original idea suggesting that the allegory might describe the point where our spirits became sentient, actuallyâ€¦)
Anyway, it seems to me that the six creative periods as described in Moses 2 fit with the evolutionary theories of our earth without much difficulty at all. Moses 2 leaves us with a fully formed planet and all sorts of people running around here (after all the long brooding by the Gods and whatnot of course). Then after all those people are here we get to Moses 3 and we learn all about Adam and his learning good from evil and then being cast out of paradise with Eve to till the ground and seek light and truth from God. What gives?
(Have I stirred the pot sufficiently yet? Pre-Adamites; Evolution â€“ Oh yeah, Iâ€™m shooting for a 300+ comment threadâ€¦ )