Frequently Asked Questions
- What aspects of your background and experience in science led you affected your interest in the stories of the early chapters of Genesis?
- How would you evaluate the compatibility or relationship between Mormonism and Science? Are they mutually exclusive?
- What is the Book of Moses?
- Does the JST restore the original text of Genesis?
- Was the Pentateuch, as we have it, authored entirely by Moses?
- Are the characters and events of the Old Testament historical?
- Can the Book of Moses be characterized as “inspired pseudepigrapha”?
- Are there reasons to believe that Moses 1 has some basis in antiquity?
- Are there reasons to believe that the story of Enoch found in Moses 6–7 has some basis in antiquity?
- What can we surmise about the process Joseph Smith used to translate the Bible?
- Was any of the understanding Joseph Smith relied on in making His translation of the Book of Moses received directly as the result of a vision?
- Is the Book of Moses in a “final” form?
- In summary, what should we make of the Book of Moses?
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What aspects of your background and experience in science led you affected your interest in the stories of the early chapters of Genesis? (Return to top)
During my daily work at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, I’m caught up in thinking about and implementing new science and technology ideas that can complement and augment human physical, cognitive, and social capabilities. It’s a dream job, and I wouldn’t want to trade places with anyone I know. However, it’s a challenge in the sense that I can’t stand still. Although it’s true that every innovation builds to a degree on the past, the pace of change is so rapid that I find myself constantly throwing away the results of recent ideas and developments that can now be replaced with better approaches.
In addition to the obvious spiritual enrichment that I find in studying the scriptures and other ancient documents, it is wonderful and satisfying to work on something where knowledge is much more cumulative than in my daily work. Though, of course, there are exciting new findings that appear every day in the world of scripture exegesis and ancient studies, I can have the sense over time of continually building up a deeper understanding of the diverse puzzle pieces that constitute major keys to understanding the world of religious history and teachings over the centuries. Complementing the keys that come from study are those that come from faith, as I try to discern the hand of God in such things, and as I relate the spiritual experiences of the past to divine guidance and teachings in the immediate context of my own life.
I like what Donald Knuth, a well-known computer scientist when I was younger, wrote in the preface to his book of Bible commentary: “I can’t say that my scientific background makes me a better Bible student, but I don’t think it’s a handicap either.”