Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons

Anthropology News 44.2 (February 2003): 20

1 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013  

Thomas W. Murphy

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Simon Southerton

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Genetic research into Native American and Polynesian origins has provoked controversy within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon claims that the principal ancestors of the American Indians came from the ancient Middle East, an historical assertion now repudiated by mtDNA evidence. Mormon interpretations of the scripture led to the popular belief that Polynesians, likewise, descended from ancient Israelite populations. This belief is now also undermined by genetic research. Protests erupted when the LDS Church initiated and then aborted an effort to excommunicate Thomas Murphy. Protestors objected to racism within LDS Family Services and questioned practices that subverted paternal rights of Native Americans.

Keywords: Galileo, Mormon, Book of Mormon, DNA, mtDNA, genetics, Native American, Apache, Polynesian, Indian Student Placement Program, LDS Family Services, paternal rights, adoption, whiteness

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Thomas W. and Southerton, Simon, Genetic Research a 'Galileo Event' for Mormons (2003). Anthropology News 44.2 (February 2003): 20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203607

Thomas W. Murphy (Contact Author)

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

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Simon Southerton

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) ( email )

41 Boggo Rd
Dutton Park, Queensland
Australia

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