Mormonism and Evolution

By Bill McKeever

On May 22, 2000, a reader in the Salt Lake Tribune took BYU assistant professor Randy Bennett to task for insisting that all modern creatures had a common ancestor. The reader claimed that this was inconsistent since the LDS Church, with its doctrine of the pre-existence, has traditionally taught that man was created and did not evolve. In response, professor Wilford Hess, a botany professor from BYU, wrote a letter signed by 19 others rejecting the notion that Mormonism and creationism are compatible.