SF05013, LDS writers addressing the challenges of modern science, ranging from evolution and cosmology to Book of Mormon historicity, have frequently resorted to arguments derived from either the creationist or the postmodern science studies communities. The literature of these two groups, while poles apart on most intellectual and social issues, exhibits characteristics of poor scholarship, including a preference for ideologically correct conclusions over sound evidence and reasoning, significant misunderstandings of mathematical and scientific principles, a reluctance to subject scholarship to rigorous outside review, and usage of gratuitous and often meaningless scientific jargon. In short, the creationist and postmodern science studies communities are hardly recommended as allies to LDS scholarship. The challenges to the Church from modern science must be addressed head-on.
David H. Bailey, Angela R. Campbell