Lately, I've been mulling over the seeming contradictions and challenges that religion can present in a modern world - the tension between sophistication and hope, the paradox of proof and faith. I believe that there is a place in this world for both, in fact, I don't find the two to be contradictory at all - they are meant to work together to bring us to truth.
I stumbled on this article that I felt captured a lot of what has been swirling around in my head: Mormon and Modern.
Here is the excerpt that particularly resonated with me:
"Mormons welcome truth from whatever source and take the pragmatic view
that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because
there are insufficient data to reconcile the two. Latter-day Saints
approach such tensions as challenges to
learn, not contradictions to avoid. This productive tension can enrich
both mind and heart. All understanding, whether spiritual or rational,
is worked out in constant questioning and discovery. The Prophet Joseph
Smith said, “By proving contraries, truth is made manifest.” Latter-day
Saints do not expect God to simply hand down information. He expects us
to wrestle with the complications of life through prayerful searching
and sound thinking."