In case you were too busy celebrating Bastille Day to keep up with your required blog reading, here are a few posts to notice.
What is science? asks a practicing LDS biologist. It is a language game and a way of speaking about the world. It devises models of reality and tests them against data from the assumed real world. It provides probability rather than certainty: “It gives you the odds that things are a certain way.” But “its successes speak for themselves” and “[w]hen you bet against well-established findings in science, you’re playing risky odds.” So … bet on science. Unless you think science is not always a good bet.
If you like Barkeresque restatements of Old Testament history, read “The Priestly Suppression of Ancient Truths.” It revolves around that burning question: Whatever happened to Zerubbabel? The standard story is that the last thing the Persians (who governed) wanted was a local Israelite leader on the scene with pretensions to the kingship, so Z. was quickly removed (although this is not spelled out in Ezra and Nehemiah). This post tells a different story, suggesting it was a vast right-wing Zadokite priestly conspiracy to usurp power from the rightful Davidic line.
- Who said BCC is just anecdotes and short stories? JNS reports the results of a 2000-respondent survey about what Mormons seem to know, or not, about the Book of Mormon.
- Another report on Prop 8 encouragement at an LDS sacrament meeting in California.
- Given how much shelf space has been given to pro-SSM posts lately, you owe it to yourself to read this summary of The Case for Marriage.