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  • Are Mormonism and science compatible?
    Brief Summary: Secular critics charge that Mormonism and science are incompatible, and that any Latter-day Saint who actually believes is "intellectually dishonest." In reality, however, Latter-day Saints in many ways have a more liberal view of science than some of their Christian brethren. We believe that God operates according to certain laws. If there are things that God can do which seem to contradict what we know through current science, we assume that there are scientific laws that are beyond our current understanding. (Click here for full article)
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  • Faith versus knowledge
    Brief Summary: It is important to keep in mind the difference in purpose between science and the Gospel. The purpose of science is to examine the characteristics of the world around us in order to more fully understand it. A main purpose of the Gospel is to teach us to develop faith. Unfortunately, the acquisition of scientific knowledge is sometimes perceived to destroy faith. The purpose of faith is to help us understand spiritual things, just as science helps us to understand physical things. (Click here for full article)
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  • Burning in the bosom
    Brief Summary: Critics are known to mockingly refer to the LDS imagery of a "burning in the bosom." While the phrase is used in the LDS community to express the intense feelings of receiving spiritual witnesses, some claim it is simply the result of an electro-chemical process that occurs in the brain. (Click here for full article)
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  • Archaeology and the Book of Mormon
    Brief Summary: Critics charge that what is known about ancient American archaeology is not consistent with the Book of Mormon account. Sectarian critics often add the claim that the Bible has been "proven" true by archaeology, unlike the Book of Mormon. (Click here for full article)
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  • Evolution
    Brief Summary: How does the Church reconcile the theory of evolution with the story of Adam? (Click here for full article)
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  • Pre-Adamites
    Brief Summary: There is scientific evidence of human habitation for many thousands of years. How do we reconcile this with the idea that Adam lived approximately 6,000 years ago? (Click here for full article)
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  • Death before the Fall
    Brief Summary: Does LDS doctrine hold that there was no death before the Fall of Adam? (Click here for full article)
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  • Procreation before the Fall
    Brief Summary: Did procreation exist before the Fall of Adam? (Click here for full article)
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  • Global or local Flood
    Brief Summary: How do we deal with the fact that there is no scientific evidence of a worldwide flood? How can the scriptures and prophets teach of a worldwide flood, when this contradicts the evidence? The biodiversity of plants and animals on the earth could not have occurred within the span of a few thousand years. Did the continents separate during the flood of Noah? Doctrine and Covenants 133:23–24 seems to imply that they did. How do we reconcile this to scientific fact? Didn't Brigham Young, John Taylor and Orson Pratt teach that the Flood was the baptism of the Earth? (Click here for full article)
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  • Age of the Earth
    Brief Summary: Do Latter-day Saints believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old? Why does Doctrine and Covenants section 77 say that the history of the earth covers only seven thousand years? (Click here for full article)
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  • Dinosaurs
    Brief Summary: How do dinosaurs fit into God's plan? (Click here for full article)
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  • Book of Mormon and DNA evidence (Click here for full article)
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  • Free will in Mormonism
    Brief Summary: Science demonstrates that all interactions of matter--including all events in the human brain--are sufficiently caused by previous events. If we know enough about the laws that govern these interactions and the current state of the universe, we would be able to exactly predict any future event. Does this mean that the doctrine of "agency" or "free will" is false, since all human choices are predetermined by the laws of physics? (Click here for full article)
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  • Alleged "discovery" of cold fusion by Utah researchers
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that the mistaken "discovery" of cold fusion in Utah reflects on either LDS gullibility, inability to do science, or dishonesty. (Click here for full article)
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  • Did Adam and Eve really exist
    Brief Summary: Do Latter-day Saints believe that Adam and Eve were real? (Click here for full article)
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The Book of Abraham makes several references to astronomy which draw criticism. These articles address specific issues related to Book of Abraham astronomical concepts. (Click here for full article)

  • Kolob
    Brief Summary: What is Kolob? I've heard that Mormons believe God lives there. (Click here for full article)
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  • Relationship between Kolob and the Sun
    Brief Summary: The Book of Abraham states that “the sun [is said] to borrow its light from Kolob through the medium of Kae-e-vanrash, which is the grand Key, or, in other words, the governing power (Abraham Fac 2,Fig 5),” while astrophysics has shown that “The Sun shines ... because of thermonuclear fusion. It does not get its light from any other star.” (Click here for full article)
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  • Revolution Time
    Brief Summary: Critics of Mormonism claim that "LDS doctrine regarding astronomy is permeated with references to time being measured, or 'reckoned' according to a star's or planet's rate of rotation. Furthermore, this 'reckoning of time' is a prime distinguisher in terms of 'greatness.' From the standpoint of modern cosmology, this makes no sense at all. Rates of rotation are largely arbitrary, and of little comment or concern from a fundamental point of view." (Click here for full article)
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  • Archaeology and the Book of Mormon
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that what is known about ancient American archaeology is not consistent with the Book of Mormon account. Sectarian critics often add the claim that the Bible has been "proven" true by archaeology, unlike the Book of Mormon. (Click here for full article)
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  • DNA evidence
    Brief Summary: DNA samples taken from modern Native Americans do not match the DNA of modern inhabitants of the Middle East. Critics argue that this means the Book of Mormon's claim that Native Americans are descended from Lehi must be false, and therefore the Book of Mormon is not an ancient record as Joseph Smith claimed. (Click here for full article)
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