A Review of a Number of the Scientific Concepts Presented in Some Answered Questions

By Muhammad-Ghasem Bayat

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #81
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 29 – June 1, 2008
(see list of papers from #81)

    The Bahá'í Faith acknowledges that although the Manifestations of God are the repositories of all truth, including scientific facts, their principal roles have been the education of mankind and the establishment of ethics for the creation of a spiritual and material civilization. Nevertheless, in every age according to the capacity and the needs of that age, in addition to ethical principles they have made certain scientific pronouncements. The book of Genesis of the Torah serves as an example of this.

    The Bahá'í Writings too, and in particular due to the much higher capacity of mankind in this age and the more rigorous questions from the friends, contain many more statements with scientific components. In this article we will review some of the scientific concepts that appear in `Abdu'l-Bahá's Some Answered Questions, and present a list of these topics. These topics are from a wide range of themes such as philosophy, education, sociology, economics, physics, chemistry, medicine, astronomy and biology.

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