The world has seen a remarkable growth
of science and an unprecedented decline in the influence of religion
since the birth of Bahá'u'lláh 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 identified by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian
of the Bahá'í 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 this course, we look at the Bahá'í
teachings that science and religion are both essential to human
welfare and that they must be in harmony with each other. After
providing a historical overview of the relationship between science
and religion, the course explores the unique Bahá'í 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. We examine the Bahá'í writings as they relate
to physics, cosmology, biology, and evolution and then consider some
perspectives they inspire with regards to the environment and with
what has been called ‘the new Atheism’. Finally, we 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.
You may join our online learning community either as an individual or as part of a study group (2 to 20 people). In either case, you can do all your work at home at any time of the day or night. We assign mentors to individuals and to groups to advise, encourage, assist, and answer questions. Groups are expected to meet every week or two for group discussions. Web-based forums connect all learners--individuals and members of a group--to the insights and perspectives of fellow students from all over the world.
To form a group, ask some friends whether they'd like to take the course with you. If at least one other agrees, go into the registration system, establish a group, and pay for it. Then email the confirmation number and its web link to the others, so they can click through and add themselves to the group. One person (or a Spiritual Assembly) pays for the group; the group members reimburse the payee based on whatever arrangement the group devises.
Note: All our courses are "asynchronous," which means there is no work that has to be done at a particular time. You can do everything at any time. For more information, go to http://wilmetteinstitute.org/ourcourses/frequently-asked-questions/.
Discounts are available for early registration and for senior citizens (age 65+), students, and pioneers. If you need a financial aid discount, write us at email@example.com. Plenty are available. Registration is limited to 40 people, so sign up today.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Friday, June 16, 2017
Wilmette Institute: An Online Learning CenterAdministrative Offices atBaha'i National Center1233 Central StreetEvanston, Illinois 60201-2886
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