It was published a month ago, but I’ve just run into a Los Angeles Times article about the clash between Mormon religious claims about reality and scientific observation of reality. The Book of Mormon teaches, via the “divine revelation” of its founder Joseph Smith, that Native Americans are really descended from a lost tribe of Israel. Yet DNA testing has shown that Native Americans are descended from Asians, not Hebrews. The Mormon Church’s response? Because it contradicts the Book of Mormon, the DNA testing must be incorrect, and to suggest that it undermines the Book of Mormon is “heresy.”
How do you engage with the realities of the world when one’s approach to the nature of reality is so unbending to observation? When reality smacks you in the face, if can you hold yourself rigid enough it just bounces right off.