Beyond Athens and Jerusalem:
Re—Visioning the Science—Religion Conflict

By Steven Phelps

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #89
Center for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
June 28 – July 1, 2009
(see list of papers from #89)

    The clash between science and religion has been highlighted in recent years by the prominent attacks of a generation of "new atheists" on the coherence of belief in God and the viability of religion as a social institution. However, both sides are arguing from a shared, if implicit, definition of God and religion. The Bahá'í claim to the unity of science and religion entails radical redefinitions of the conceptual framework of the debate and suggests a "third way", one which finds support in some of the deep mathematical symmetries in the laws of physics.

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