Visualising the relationship between science and religion – by Iain Palin

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Agnosticism and Atheism – Steven Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould

 

The best definition that I have found of agnosticism and atheism is this: Read more

Progressive Revelation and Thermodynamics as evidence of an infinite God – by Mike Moum

Thermodynamics is the “science of the relationship between heat, work, temperature, and energy. In broad terms, thermodynamics deals with the transfer of energy from one place to another and from one form to another.” (1) Although it’s a physical theory, strictly speaking, it seems to apply to other systems as well, including social. At first glance it might not seem to have any relationship to the Baha’i notion of progressive revelation, but upon closer examination of its first two laws, we can see that it does. Read more

Science and the Scientific Method – by Iain Palin

The harmony of science and religion is a key principle of the Bahá’í Faith so it’s important to know how science goes about trying to understand our physical world – the Scientific Method. Read more

All Things Baha’i New Science and Religion Study Group on Facebook!

 
 

We have launched our new Facebook study group ‘All Things Baha’i Exploration in Science and Religion‘. Hope to see you there!

Check out our Science and Religion section on our Online Discussion Forum! forum.allthingsbahai.net

 

Agency and Mechanism – by Mike Moum

Some of the conflicted thinking about evolution in particular, and science in general, is a consequence of what logicians refer to as “category error”, which is treating two different things as though they were the same. A mundane example will help to illustrate the point. Read more

Science and Religion, and the Big Lie embedded in our culture – by Iain Palin

-courtesy of Sam Harris and Jerry Coyne
 
Science and Religion, and the Big Lie embedded in our culture – by Iain Palin

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The Nature of Spiritual Law

 

The Nature of Spiritual Law

 

The Universal House of Justice, the authority in the Baha’i Faith to which all must turn, has stated:

“Just as there are laws governing our physical lives, requiring that we must supply our bodies with certain foods, maintain them within a certain range of temperatures, and so forth, if we wish to avoid physical disabilities, so also there are laws governing our spiritual lives. These laws are revealed to mankind in each age by the Manifestation of God, and obedience to them is of vital importance if each human being, and mankind in general, is to develop properly and harmoniously.” (From a letter of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer; excerpts to all National Spiritual Assemblies, February 6, 1973: Messages from the Universal House of Justice, 1968-1973, pp. 105-106)

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Prayer and Physical Reality – by Iain Palin

                                                         courtesy of Restless Pilgrim

 

Prayer and Physical Reality by Iain Palin
 
For those who believe that there is a God and that He does in some way relate to how the physical world operates there are two basic approaches for this process: Primary and Secondary Causation.
 
In Primary Causation things happen because He made them happen, directly, then and there. There are concerns to this: it means that one can never be sure that the way things operate yesterday even at the most basic level will be the way they happen tomorrow, it disempowers those seeking to understand and operate within the laws of the Universe (because there aren’t any in this scenario), placing people at the mercy of a capricious deity, and it gives a direct but brutal answer to the eternal question of “why does evil happen?” namely that “God did it – all of it”. Read more

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Welcome to All Things Baha’i Discussion Forum on Science and Religion!

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The purpose of this forum is to explore the relationship between science and religion. Because the forum was initiated and is maintained by members of the Baha’i Faith, it is natural that it will reflect a Baha’i perspective, but that should not be taken to mean that contribution from any religion is discouraged. Far from it: the intent is to have open and productive dialogue. In order to discuss the relationship between science and religion, it is essential to have an accurate understanding of the fundamentals of both, and it is quite possible that there will be different, and at times incompatible, perspectives. Read more