Discredited Claims (Continued)

Latter-day Saint doctrine does not demand a literal reading of the Bible or claims of its inerrancy. This more flexible view of scripture allows most issues in the science-religion arena to fade into relative insignificance.

Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith explained:

Even the most devout and sincere believers in the Bible realize that it is, like most any other book, filled with metaphor, simile, allegory, and parable, which no intelligent person could be compelled to accept in a literal sense. . . .

The Lord has not taken from those who believe in his word the power of reason. He expects every man who takes his “yoke” upon him to have common sense enough to accept a figure of speech in its proper setting, and to understand that the holy scriptures are replete with allegorical stories, faith-building parables, and artistic speech. . . .

Where is there a writing intended to be taken in all its parts literally? Such a writing would be insipid and hence lack natural appeal. To expect a believer in the Bible to strike an attitude of this kind and believe all that is written to be a literal rendition is a stupid thought. No person with the natural use of his faculties looks upon the Bible in such a light. (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:188.)

Apostle James E. Talmage noted, “the beginning chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a textbook of geology, archaeology, earth-science, or man-science." (“The Earth and Man,” The Instructor 101, no. 1 (January 1966): 9–15.)


 Additional Resources:

FAIR Issues 73: Is the Tower of Babel historical or mythological?, Michael R. Ash, 0:07:55

Mormon FAIR-Cast 102: What Can We Learn from The Dead Sea Scrolls, Martin Tanner, 0:18:49

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 1

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 2

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 3

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 4

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 5

Bible as an Authentic Source of Truth pt 6

Mormon FAIR-Cast 112: Dead Sea Scrolls, Mills Crenshaw, 0:46:33

Mormon FAIR-Cast 122: Changes in the Bible, Martin Tanner, 0:18:33

Mormon FAIR-Cast 233: Should the stories in Genesis be taken literally?, Martin Tanner, 0:18:24

Mormon FAIR-Cast 280: #1, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:37:23

Mormon FAIR-Cast 284: #2, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:31:06

Mormon FAIR-Cast 289: #3, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:29:28

Mormon FAIR-Cast 294: #4, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:19:03

Mormon FAIR-Cast 297: #5, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:24:04

Mormon FAIR-Cast 307: #6, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Dave M Johnson, 0:43:31

Mormon Fair-cast 330: #9 Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, Karen Trifiletti, 0:29:02

Fair Issues 74: What happened at the Tower of Babel?, Michael R. Ash, 0:07:56

Mormon Fair-cast 319: #8, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, D. M. Johnson, 0:19:48

Mormon Fair-cast 314: #7, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, D. M. Johnson, 0:44:22

Fair Issues 73: Is the Tower of Babel historical or mythological?, Michael R. Ash, 0:07:55

Mormon fair-cast 307: #6, Is the Bible an authentic source of truth?, D. M. Johnson, 0:43:31

Best of Fair 6: Adam in Ancient Texts and the Restoration, Matthew Roper, 1:09:45