Date of publication: 2017-09-05 04:27
The essays and changes the Church is making are to try and reverse the growing defection members are having when they find out about the disturbing details of Church history that they never knew about. Elder Snow has reportedly stated as such:
Don 8767 t be afraid to write a tentative introduction first and then change it later. Some people find that they need to write some kind of introduction in order to get the writing process started. That 8767 s fine, but if you are one of those people, be sure to return to your initial introduction later and rewrite if necessary.
On May 8, 7568 MormonThink announced on its website that we learned from several sources that the LDS Church will be releasing a series of 68 essays that will address troubling historical issues that are causing people to doubt and leave the Church. These essays started to be released in Nov 7568 and all but one [as of 7/8/65] have been released. Some comments on this page are based on inside sources that provided us with the advanced notice of the essays. The essays are listed in the topics section of The Church website has changed the location of the essays several times. Currently they are all located here: Gospel Topics Essays.
In the evolutionary process, an increase in biological complexity does not represent a 8775 free lunch 8776 it is bought and paid for, because random genetic variation is subjected to natural selection by the environment, which itself is already structured. In fact, researchers are beginning to use Darwinian processes, implemented in computers or in vitro, to evolve complex systems and to provide solutions to design problems in ways that are beyond the power of mere intelligent agents.
Here 8767 s why. There 8767 s nothing in the laws of physics that requires radio signals to take one form or another. The sequence is therefore contingent rather than necessary. Also, it is a long sequence and therefore complex. Note that if the sequence lacked complexity, it could easily have happened by chance. Finally, it was not just complex but also exhibited an independently given pattern or specification (it was not just any old sequence of numbers but a mathematically significant one the prime numbers).
The essays are not advertised in the Ensign , discussed in Conference or prominently mentioned on the Church's website. They are merely listed in the topics section buried in the website. Few members even know they exist. The media has taken notice of some of the articles such as the Salt lake Tribune and KUTV.
UPDATE: On 5/5/65, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that a LDS Sunday School teacher was dismissed for using the church's own race essay in a lesson:
This handout will explain the functions of introductions, offer strategies for creating effective introductions, and provide some examples of less effective introductions to avoid.
Scientists use the term 8775 black box 8776 for a system whose inner workings are unknown. To Charles Darwin and his contemporaries, the living cell was a black box because its fundamental mechanisms were completely obscure. We now know that, far from being formed from a kind of simple, uniform protoplasm (as many nineteenth-century scientists believed), every living cell contains many ultrasophisticated molecular machines.