Sunstone 131 (2004): 58-61
4 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013
Date Written: 2004
Genetic research into Native American origins was widely hailed as a "Galileo Event" for Mormons. The author examines the origins of this term in Mormon scholarly circles and its adoption and evolution in the media accounts of efforts to excommunicate him for scholarly articles about the implications of DNA research for interpretations of the Book of Mormon. He rejects the label of a "Mormon Galileo," recommends treating the Book of Mormon as nineteenth century pseudepigrapha, and attributes the apparent science and religion conflict within Mormonism to social factors at play in the media and at Brigham Young University.
Keywords: Mormon, Galileo, DNA, Native American, LA Times, press, science, religion, Brigham Young University
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