Increasingly, religion is having to prove itself relevant in what some have called a secular age. Many seek proof of relevancy through empirical evidence. Since faith and spiritually based experience are foreign to a secular mindset, they are frequently dismissed.
As a new religion that grew up in full public view less than 200 years ago, Mormonism and its miraculous origins are, for some, a particularly easy target. But making sense of encounters between faith and reason — no matter the religious tradition — is part of the human religious experience.
Latter-day Saints believe that men and women bear the divine gifts of intellectual reasoning and moral intuition. Devoted followers of many of the world’s faith traditions cultivate both.
Mormon doctrine stresses the need and responsibility to engage both head and heart in decision making, in learning, in relationships and in worship.
Read the full commentary in the Headquarters edition of Mormon Newsroom.