Truth

[This post will start a sometimes weekly sharing of my beliefs, and a dissemination of wisdom (be careful of confusing those two). I encourage amiable discussion, opposing views, and scurvy rejoinders.]

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“We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up, or we shall not come out true Mormons.” ~ Joseph Smith

“One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth. Let it come from where it may.” ~ Joseph Smith

“The fundamental principle that has guided my religious life is that I need believe only what is true. The gospel is the truth as learned or discovered by whatever means and tools I can lay my hand or mind on.” ~ Henry Eyring

I believe that science and religion are compatible; as a believer and a scientist, I am convinced they must be, ultimately.  There is much we don’t know yet in science, and there is much we don’t know in religion. Bringing science into religion can provide a sifting process to discard the error and the myth. Religion has much to add in turn. Eyring said,

“It is the great mission and opportunity of religion to teach men “the way, the truth, the life,” that they might utilize the discoveries of the laboratory to their blessing and not to their destruction. There is need for added spirituality, of the kind that leads to brotherhood, to go hand in hand with the scientific progress of our time.

May we all have the courage to seek truth from whatever the source, and to use that truth to the blessing of our fellow human beings.

*Prajna is a Sanskrit word for clear seeing, wisdom, or understanding.
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9 responses to “Truth

  • N

    You are among the wise men, already:)

  • adam

    Aw thanks, but aren’t you a little biased? 🙂

  • wordsfromhome

    I vote with N.

  • George and WP

    One of my favorite quotes from LDS General Authorities:

    “We are grateful in the Church and in this great university, that the freedom, dignity and integrity of the individual is basic in Church doctrine as well as in democracy. Here we are free to think and express our opinions. Fear will not stifle thought, as is the case in some areas which have not yet emerged from the dark ages. God himself refuses to trammel man’s free agency even though its exercise sometimes teaches painful lessons. Both creative science and revealed religion find their fullest and truest expression in the climate of freedom.

    I hope that you will develop the questing spirit. Be unafraid of new ideas for they are the stepping stones of progress. You will of course respect the opinions of others but be unafraid to dissent – if you are informed.

    Now I have mentioned freedom to express your thoughts, but I caution you that your thoughts and expressions must meet competition in the market place of thought, and in that competition truth will emerge triumphant. Only error needs to fear freedom of expression. Seek truth in all fields, and in that search you will need at least three virtues; courage, zest, and modesty. The ancients put that thought in the form of a prayer. They said, ‘From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half truth, from the arrogance that thinks it has all truth – O God of truth deliver us’.”

    Hugh B. Brown — Speech at BYU, March 29, 1958

    I wish it were true more of the time, maybe even some of the time…

  • adam

    Thanks for the quote! That is a great one, especially for the topic.

  • Papa D

    Amen, Adam – and I’ve quoted that Hugh B. Brown remark multiple times for multiple occasions, including as a complete post on my own blog. It is one of my favorite quotes of all time.

  • Stephen

    I really liked the line sharing of my beliefs, and a dissemination of wisdom (be careful of confusing those two)

  • Happy The Man

    Adam,

    Are you familiar with this book

    You’re the first person I thought to ask, seems kinda up your alley here…

    I’m contemplating ordering it.

  • adam

    Yeah, I heard about it a few years ago… looks really good. I love that entire family.

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