Aspects of the Harmony between Science and Religion as Described in `Abdu'l-Bahá's Talks

By Iscander Micael Tinto

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #97
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 3–6, 2010
(see list of papers from #97)

    This paper analyzes definitions of science and religion and the relations between science and religions as expounded in the discourses `Abdu'l-Bahá pronounced during His visits to Europe and America. It also studies the concepts of intellect, mind and reason as expounded in these talks.

    In one of His talks `Abdu'l-Bahá states "If we say religion is opposed to science, we lack knowledge of either true science or true religion, for both are founded upon the premises and conclusions of reason, and both must bear its test". In other talks He seems to indicate the pre-eminent role of intellect or mind in the pursuit of the goals of both religion and science. This paper analyzes how the concept of harmony of science and religion is challenged in today's society and suggests possible responses to these challenges in the light of the Bahá'í Writings

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