|James Q. Wilson|
With increased socialization being linked to our evolutionary development (i.e. "the social brain hypothesis"), it is little wonder that covenants, family, and Zion are integral components of our eternal progression.
1. For more on this theory, see the City Journal articles by Heather MacDonald, Charles Sahm, and George Kelling.
2. James Q. Wilson, The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families (New York: HarperCollins, 2002), 35-36.
3. Unfortunately, I fear that Mormons overwhelmingly reject evolution. A 2009 Pew Forum survey found that only 22% of Mormons believed that "evolution is the best explanation for the origins of life on earth": the second lowest percentage among religious groups (the lowest being Jehovah's Witness at 8%). Granted, I may cut us some slack due to the fact that the question asked if evolution was the "best explanation for the origins of life on earth." Evolution is about the diversification of life after it has already begun. There are multiple theories as to how life began. For an excellent article on LDS theology and evolution, see Steven L. Peck, "Crawling Out of the Primordial Soup: A Step Toward the Emergence of an LDS Theology Compatible with Organic Evolution," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 43:1 (2010).