The world has seen a remarkable growth of science and an unprecedented decline in the influence of religion since the birth of Baha'u'llah two hundred years ago. Many have come to believe that science and religion are deeply at odds with each other, leading to bitter and sometimes tragic divisiveness. However, science and religion are described by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, as “the two most potent forces in human life” that must work together for the healing and the continued development of human society. In Science, Religion, and the Baha’i Faith, we will look at the Baha’i teachings affirming that science and religion are both essential to human welfare and that they must be in harmony with each other. After providing an historical overview of the relationship between science and religion, we will explore the unique Baha’i approach to their affinity. Shoghi Effendi, for example, has declared that the Faith is “scientific in its method,” suggesting that essential elements of the method used in the physical and biological sciences to explore the reality of the material world can be applied in a broader context. In addition, we will examine the Baha’i writings as they relate to physics, cosmology, biology, and evolution and then consider some perspectives they inspire with regard to the environment and with what some call “the new Atheism.” Finally, we will explore the call by the Universal House of Justice for the systematic development of strong and growing communities through a “culture of learning” and consider effective ways to apply the principles of the unity and harmony of science and religion
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