Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Challenging Mormon Cosmology

Challenging Mormon Cosmology

Does Mormon Cosmology agree with science? Does it matter? Can we marry reason and science within the framework of Mormon Cosmology? These are all great questions, and vitally important. Before we begin, lets ask, what is cosmology?

Cosmology can be defined as:

1. The study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.

2. The astrophysical study of the history, structure, and constituent dynamics of the universe.
3. A specific theory or model of this structure and these dynamics.

This will be part one of a 2 part post. Part 1 will be an overview of what Mormonism teaches on cosmology.
Along with this will be a "fly over" of the eminent Christian Philosopher and Christian Apologist; 
Dr. William Lane Craig.

Why Understanding the Mormon Position is Important
Now, while I know it is tempting to skip over the reading in favor of a video, it is very important to first read the Mormon position of cosmology, so you can appreciate what Dr. Craig has to say.
The Mormon Position:
(Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_cosmology#Cosmic_divinity - this gives a proper, undisputed outline of the Mormon position)

According to Mormon cosmology, there was a pre-existence, better described as a pre-mortal life, in which human spirits were literal children of heavenly parents.[1] Though their spirits were created, the essential "intelligence" of these spirits is considered eternal, and without beginning. During this pre-existence, two plans were said to have been presented, one championed by Lucifer (Satan) that would have involved loss of moral agency, and another championed by God the Father. When his plan was not accepted, Lucifer is said to have rebelled and taken a third of the hosts of heaven with him to the earth to serve as tempters. According to a plan of salvation as described by God the Father, Jehovah (the heavenly form of Jesus Christ according to Mormonism) created the earth, under the direction of God the Father, as a place where humanity would be tested. After the resurrection all men and women except spirits that followed Lucifer and the sons of perdition would be assigned one of three degrees of glory. Within the highest degree, the Celestial Kingdom, there are three divisions, and those in the highest of these divisions would become gods and goddesses through a process called exaltation or "eternal progression". This would involve having spirit children and populating new worlds.
The Earth's creation, according to Mormon scripture, was not ex nihilo, but organized from existing matter. The faith teaches that this earth is just one of many inhabited worlds, and that there are many governing heavenly bodies, including a planet or star Kolob which is said to be nearest the throne of God. According to some Mormon sources,[who?] God the Father himself once passed through mortality like Jesus did, but how, when, or where that took place is unclear.
Many Mormons[who?] believe that God once lived on a planet with his own higher god and that those who go to the celestial kingdom will eventually themselves become gods, a doctrine known as eternal progression (although this idea is disputed by some[who?] Latter-day Saints). The doctrine of eternal progression is based on a speech by Joseph Smith called the King Follett discourse and was succinctly summarized by LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow in the phrase, "As man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may become."
Origin of Elohim (God the Father)

According to Mormon theology, God the Father is a physical being of "flesh and bones."[10] Mormons identify him as the Biblical god Elohim. Latter-day Saint leaders have also taught that God the Father was once a mortal man who has completed the process of becoming an exalted being.[11] According to Joseph Smith, God "once was a man like one of us and…once dwelled on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did in the flesh and like us."[12]

Origin of Jehovah (Jesus)

According to Mormon belief, Jesus is identified as the god Jehovah (Yahweh). The pre-mortal Jehovah was born to the Virgin Mary and was named Jesus. Jesus was the Son of God—the literal father of his physical body was God the Father.[13] Because Jesus was the Son of God, he had power to overcome physical death.[14][15] Because he lived a perfect and sinless life, Jesus could offer himself as an "infinite and eternal" sacrifice that would be required to pay for the sins of all of the other children of God.[15][16]


Dr. William Lane Craig's Position - 4 Part Video

Part 1

 Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
The evidence against Mormon Cosmology is not only staggering, it proves it as being logically fallacious, and scientifically bankrupt. This presentation, as quickly as he goes, shows why Mormon Cosmologists are left with silence, and with virtually no response to this sort of evidence. Stay tuned for part 2, which will be slightly more theologically in depth. 

In Him,