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Mormons Have Irrational Beliefs? Who Doesn't?

Jefferson's Ghost Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 7:53 AM
Dennis - you forgot to mention to irrationality of new species evolution. The odds of a human beings evolving from single cell pond organisms are less than zero. Heck, the odds of amino acids randomly uniting to form a simple protein are less than zero. Despite uncovering fossils by the millions, we have yet to find a single fossible that supports the idea that one species (say, a fish) can evolve into another (say, a dog). Yet millions of Americans irrationally beleive that we originated from pond scum. Given the scientific evidence against cross-species evolution, I believe it takes more faith to believe in Darwinism than in Creationism.
pastorial Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 9:47 AM
J, obviously you do not understand evoltuion or cerationism
Reed42 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 8:16 AM
Dear Ghost,
You exaggerate. If the entire mass of the universe were magically converted to amino acids (including dark matter) and the amino acids were magically brought together to form a 250 AA protein, and if this process were repeated once each second it would only take 10000000000000000 years to make one specific protein. Since the universe is only 11 billion years old (11000000000) we only have to wait a million times longer than the current age. Or look for something other than random chance and the above listed magic. So as you see the chance is not less than zero, it is zero.
Commentators on both the right and left and both secular and religious note with disdain that Mormons (Latter Day Saints, as Mormons refer to themselves) have irrational practices and beliefs. The former, we are told, includes the wearing of sacred undergarments and the latter includes posthumous baptisms and the claims by the prophet of Mormonism to have found and deciphered engraved golden plates in New York State.

I read and hear these dismissals of Mormonism with some amusement -- because everyone who makes these charges holds beliefs and/or practices that outsiders consider just as irrational.

Let's begin with the religious critics.

There doesn't exist...