Thoughts on Mormonism, Evolution, and Brigham Young University
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
This is the text of an interview Keith Norman conducted with Duane Jeffery, BYU professor of zoology, at the 2001 Sunstone Symposium at Salt Lake City. Jeffery reflects on his education and experiences at BYU. He discusses the quandary between religion and science on campus, paleontology, origin of man, and evolution. He observes the difficulty Mormon science students face in coming to grips with problems between science and religion. He mentions the packet of statements placed in the library to help resolve these questions. He discusses some of the problems raised by Church curriculum materials, anti-intellectualism, anti-evolution, and anti-science teaching in seminaries and institutes. He bemoans the decision of the Church to stay aloof from modern scientific ethical discussions. He is grateful that creationism has not been an issue for Utah public schools.