Steven L. Peck is a BYU biology professor and an evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and a writer. He is an active, faithful Latter-Day Saint. His books include The Scholar of Moab, which won 2011 Best Novel by the Association for Mormon letters and was a 2011 Finalist for the Montaigne Medal Eric Hoffer Award, and A Short Stay in Hell, which is being made into a movie. You can learn more about Steven and his different projects at stevenlpeck.com.
There are two separate interviews in this three part series. Part three was conducted most recently and focuses on Steven’s book A Short Stay in Hell, which is both entertaining and thought provoking. It is a fascinating look at ideas that we often take for granted as Mormons. Part one and two were co-hosted by Jay Griffith and Sarah Collett and were originally posted on Exploring Sainthood in July of 2013. This interview is a must listen.
Part 3 includes:
- a brief review of some points from the first interview
- a discussion about space and time and how Mormonism influenced some of the themes of the book.
- thoughts on Eternity, heaven, and hell.
- details about how it came to be that A Short Stay in Hell is being made into a movie.
Part 1 and 2 addresses:
- faith in Mormonism and how it interacts with science.
- the position of Mormon Church on evolution.
- Steven’s feelings on how Mormon doctrine encourages Scientific thought.
- the scriptural accounts of the creation and historical statements of the Brethren regarding scripture and science.
- the New Atheist movement as a new kind of orthodoxy
- how devotion to science increases faith and can shape understanding of God’s character.
- climate change
- our responsibility as stewards of the earth.
For more on these ideas and a great discussion on writing and Steven’s other projects look forward to an up-coming interview by Brian Dillman at Rational Faiths.