I read Dialogue
on occasion (I know, I know), as I can often find great articles that lay out devastating rational arguments against the church's claims and pronouncements. But this article
has got me losing sleep. I, honest-to-reason, woke up at 2:30 AM the other day with multi-layered arguments swirling around my brain, unbidden, mounting a reply to this Nielsen fellow.
I loved the first 2/3 of the article and truly felt as if I had learned something important (medicine man, not a math guy). But then he had to spoil it by making the old "We really don't know as much as we think we do, and therefore Gawd really does
exist and the church really is
My quick reply is that, non-computable numbers or not, the human edifices of mathematics, science, and engineering work
. They put men on the moon and develop immunizations, they probe the universe and the quantum, etc. Mormonism, as an epistemology, does not work.
It fails time and time again (Need we enumerate? Priesthood, polygamy, Lamanites, Book of Abraham, Kinderhook plates, ad nauseum
). Sure, it makes people feel good. But so does heroin. And withdrawal is a beast!