Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 22, 2005
Evolution not a proven fact

I would like to refer you to an article that you published in the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin on page C4 of the Feb. 3, 2005, edition. It was entitled “How Running made us Human.” There was no author listed, but there were two skeleton pictures above the article under which the following statement appeared: “Credit: Laszio Miszoly, Harvard University.”

The article started out as follows: “As humans evolved from ape-like ancestors because they needed to run long distances …” I would like to point out that evolution is a theory and not a proven fact. Below are some quotes from some statements made by President Joseph Fielding Smith (one of the former presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in his book Doctrines of Salvation.

“Theory of Evolution Denies Christ. Then Adam, and by that I mean the first man, was not capable of sin. He could not transgress, and by doing so bring death into the world; for, according to this theory, death had always been in the world. If, therefore, there was no fall, there was no need for an atonement, hence the coming into the world of the son of God as the Savior of the world is a contradiction, a thing impossible. Are you prepared to believe such a thing? Do you believe that the first man was a savage? That he lacked in the power of intelligence? That he has been on the constant road of progression? These are the teachings of such theorists …”

“Stone Age may Follow High Civilization. Shall we argue … that the poor, benighted savage of Africa, and the equally uncultured Indian of America, were slower in their development than the people of Europe and Asia? If we do, our conclusion will be hastily reached, without an investigation of all the facts to be considered. The “stone age,” the “copper age,” the “age of iron,” and the age of culture and refinement, run in parallel directions at one and the same time, but the age of knowledge and inspiration preceded all …”

“The fact that there has been a “stone age,” a “copper age” or any other age or degree of development in the civilization of the world, does not prove that there has been a constant and steady advancement in knowledge and skill from the beginning, whenever that may have been. The evidence in history is abundant to show sufficient proof that even where enlightenment has prevailed and men have refused to continue in the light, degenerating influences have set in, and the ages of brass, copper, or stone, are just as likely to follow the age of progress and development as to precede it.”

There is a whole chapter in President Smith’s book on the subject of evolution, which is worthy of consideration.

Mrs. Irene Atkin

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