Sunday, February 15

"Trillions" of inhabitable worlds

God, to Moses:
"And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten... For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them."
According to this article, there are "trillions" of planets similar to earth on which life could exist. Whether life on these other planets is intelligent or not is another matter entirely, but many of them may contain bacteria.

According to this article, the fact that I believe in science and religion is "doomed to fail":
"A true harmony between science and religion requires either doing away with most people's religion and replacing it with a watered-down deism, or polluting science with unnecessary, untestable, and unreasonable spiritual claims."
I'm not sure why, but apparently this smarty-pants (I'm only saying that because the article is in the New Republic) professor thinks that I will have to do away with most of my beliefs, or pollute my science with unnecessary spiritual claims. I don't see why that is necessary. Any thoughts?

Granted, I don't make spiritual claims in science class. But I know enough for myself.


  1. These matters are over my head. I don't even know what a trillion looks like :) Though, with all this talk of trillion-dollar spending bills, its becoming a pretty common word in our times.

    As for your question, Tom Cruise seems to have found a happy median...

  2. "Tom Cruise seems to have found a happy median..."

    or not. *grin*

    I've never believed that science and religion can't share equal places in my mind, heart and spirit. It helps, however, to believe in on-going revelation - and to believe a big part of that occurs in our minds through our scientific discoveries.

  3. I think when we know all that there is to know of the gospel and all that there is to know of science, we will find that we have arrived at the one source of all knowledge.

  4. OK, wasn't sure how to put sarcasm into my comment, so I just put it out there. As I understand it, Scientology is pretty expensive too, probably not ideal for the lowly middle and lower classes, much less the meek and humble.

  5. I think the *grin* works pretty well. ;)

    I wonder if these scientists are outraged about the word "Scientology." At least most people's beliefs are classified as a "religion." Yay let's all bag on Tom Cruise, lol. I do like Michael J. Fox though, and he's a scientologist. :)

  6. Think if we got every world to give us a dollar, we could pay back the Chinese.

  7. I just got this in an email, thought of you. It's a bit long, but kind of cool.

  8. Like any subject of human inquiry, there seems to be no reason to accept that religion cannot evolve and progress to the current state of knowledge. To extend beyond it seems reasonable considering the function of many religions. However, the ossified structures in direct opposition to observable reality will one day be the stuff of myth, just as the stories once believed in Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Sumerian and many other ancient religions.

  9. Thanks Happy that was pretty cool!

    Steve, that is the first time anyone has used the word "ossified" here. :) I agree with you though, that that which is in direct opposition to reality will fall, although I have to wonder what "direct opposition" and "observable reality" mean, and especially how reliable the definitions are from person to person. It often seems that something may not be in opposition to one person but will be to another.

  10. I tend to agree with Steve, not just b/c he has a cool name. But I think one thing is that your quote comes from LDS scripture, not a more mainstream doctrine followed by the majority of people. So to most religions and people that have NOT read LDS materials, it is hard to reconcile religion and this new view. Even though, before I was ANY religion, I totally had no problem meshing the two thoughts between multiple earths and a supreme being.


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