THE STERLING M. McMURRIN LECTURES ON RELIGION & CULTURE

SCIENCE VS. DOGMA:
BIOLOGY CHALLENGES THE LDS PARADIGM

prince-headshotBY GREGORY A. PRINCE | AUTHOR & HISTORIAN
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Until the late 1960s, when the Stonewall Riots in New York City brought LGBT issues into the public square, the consensus among clinicians, scientists, legislators and religious leaders was that homosexuality was either an unfortunate choice that could be unchosen, or a disease that could—and must—be cured. As the field of molecular biology matured, there was a spirited hunt for a genetic explanation for homosexuality—the “gay gene.”  In the short term, failure to find such a gene reinforced the “choice paradigm” of homosexuality. However, recent research has since shown that a combination of genetic and (mostly) epigenetic factors act during fetal development to imprint sexual preference and gender identity deeply and indelibly within the brain. 

The “biology paradigm” calls for a reassessment of Latter-day Saint doctrines, policies, and attitudes towards homosexuality, all of which were built on a foundation of the “choice paradigm."

Prince’s lecture will be followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing hosted by
The King's English Bookshop.


 

MEET GREGORY A. PRINCE

Gregory A. Prince earned his doctoral degrees in dentistry (DDS) and pathology (PhD) at UCLA. He then pursued a four-decade career in pediatric infectious disease research. His love of history led him to write three books, including Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood and the award-winning David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, coauthored with William Robert Wright. Most recently, he has published Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History, the story of another key figure in the modern history of Mormonism.


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Established in 1992, the McMurrin Lecture supports the study of religion at the University of Utah. The McMurrin Lecture honors beloved scholar and teacher Sterling M. McMurrin (1914-1996), who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education during the Kennedy Administration. Since 2006, we have hosted religious scholars and commentators: Eboo PatelAkbar Ahmed, Krista TippetsReza Aslan, Thupten Jinpa, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Kathleen FlakeDavid Campbell, and Lester Bush, Jr. Lectures are held on campus or in the community and are free and open to the public. To read more about and/or to view previous McMurrin lectures, please click here.
 
Last Updated: 4/25/17