I caught this Daily Herald summary of General Conference and one point stood out to me: Apparently Richard G. Scott is of the opinion that the “spirit” can reveal “absolute truths.” Here’s the quote from the news report:
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discussed methods for discovering truth, including the scientific method and personal prayer. It is folly, he said, to arrive at a decision based on whether it is socially acceptable or politically correct. While the scientific method has proven remarkable at uncovering many of earth’s mysteries, Scott said the only sure way for a person to arrive at an absolute truth is through the power of the prayer and witness of the Holy Ghost. “Knowledge of truth is of little value unless we apply it in making a correct decision,” he said.
I have two comments on this claim. First, I want to reiterate my challenge to anyone in the world to tell me exactly what I have in my pockets right now. I carry the same stuff, every single day – eight total items (and I’m excluding my pda/cellphone, as I don’t always carry that in my pocket). If anyone can find out via the spirit exactly what I have in my pockets, not only will I convert to whatever religion you want me to, but I’ll give you $100, just because I’m nice.
Of course, the first response will be, “But that isn’t what Richard G. Scott meant.” Oh, right. He meant absolute truths like, “Be a nice person” or “God exists.” And those are “absolute” truths how? To be absolute it has to be true all the time, everywhere, with no qualifications, and for every person. In short, it has to be true irrespective of the circumstances. I’d like someone to offer just one absolute truth – something that is true irrespective of the circumstances – that can only be “known” via the “whisperings of the spirit.” Then I’d like that person to make that “truth” “known” to me. Again, I’ll give you $100 if you can do that.
As per my second comment… Richard G. Scott was, amazingly, a nuclear engineer prior to selling his (imaginary) “soul” to the MORG. He studied at George Washington University. Maybe the folks at GWU should consider revoking his degree as he has, officially, brought shame to his scientific training by claiming “spiritual knowledge” can in anyway trump scientific knowledge. Why? Show me/Teach me one piece of spiritual “knowledge.” It’s an oxymoron. It’s a paradox. It doesn’t exist. And then to claim it is a better avenue at arriving at truth… Wow! I guess an advanced degree in a science doesn’t mean much after all…