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Vol. II, No. 2

     Topic: The Harmony of Science and Religion                 Page 1
This newsletter is dedicated to all seekers after the Eternal Truth.

           Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame, if ye be of them that comprehend this truth. All the wondrous works ye behold in this world have been manifested through the operation of His supreme and most exalted Will, His wondrous and inflexible Purpose. Through the mere revelation of the word "Fashioner," issuing forth from His lips and proclaiming His attribute to mankind, such power is released as can
generate, through successive ages, all the manifold arts which the hands of man can produce. This, verily, is a certain truth. No sooner is this resplendent word uttered, than its animating energies, stirring within all created things, give birth to the means and instruments whereby such arts can be produced and perfected. All the wondrous achievements ye now witness are the direct consequences of the Revelation of this Name. In the days to come, ye will, verily, behold things of which ye have never heard before. Thus hath it been decreed in the Tablets of God, and none can comprehend it except them whose sight is sharp. In like manner, the moment the word expressing My attribute "The Omniscient" issueth forth from My mouth, every created thing will, according to its capacity and limitations, be invested with the power to unfold the knowledge of the most marvelous sciences, and will be empowered to manifest them in the course of time at the bidding of Him Who is the Almighty, the All-Knowing. Know thou of a certainty that the Revelation of every other Name is accompanied by a similar manifestation of Divine power.1

      The above passage clearly shows how all the wonders and knowledge of science proceeds directly from God. In the next passage, Bahá'u'lláh states how it is God's chosen Ones (His Prophets and Messengers) Who are the cause of the advancement of knowledge and arts, demonstrating again the Divine connection with arts and sciences, and therefore, its connection with true religion, which of course also has its origin and development solely from God.

           The light which these souls [the Manifestations of God] radiate is responsible for the progress of the world and the advancement of its peoples. They are like unto leaven which leaveneth the world of being, and constitute the animating force through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.2

      But why have both science and religion--why not one or the other so that there will be less confusion? Because both are important an necessary to man's development, as the next few passages demonstrate. Of religion, Bahá'u'lláh writes:

            The religion of God and His divine law are the most potent instruments and the surest of all means for the dawning of the light of unity amongst men. The progress of the world, the development of nations, the tranquillity of peoples, and the peace of all who dwell on earth are among the principles and ordinances of God. Religion bestoweth upon man the most precious of all gifts, offereth the cup of prosperity, imparteth eternal life, and showereth imperishable benefits upon mankind.3

      And of the importance of arts and sciences, Bahá'u'lláh instructs His followers:

            O people of Bahá! The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection. Make ye every effort that out of this ideal mine there may gleam forth such pearls of wisdom and utterance as will promote the well-being and harmony of all the kindreds of the earth.4

      And again:

            Knowledge is as wings to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words. Great indeed is the claim of scientists and craftsmen on the peoples of the world. Unto this beareth witness the Mother Book on the day of His return. Happy are those possessed of a hearing ear. In truth, knowledge is a veritable treasure for man, and a source of glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto him. Thus hath the Tongue of Grandeur spoken in this Most Great Prison.5

      The power of both true religion and science come from God and are, therefore, both Truth. It then follows that science and religion must be harmonious and support rather than contradict each other. The following passage by 'Abdu'l-Bahá demonstrates and explains this principle of the unity of Religion and Science. He states:

           We may think of science as one wing and religion as the other; a bird needs two wings for flight, one alone would be useless. Any religion that contradicts science or that is opposed to it, is only ignorance--for ignorance is the opposite of knowledge.
           Religion which consists only of rites and ceremonies of prejudice is not the truth. Let us earnestly endeavour to be the means of uniting religion and science. 'Alí, the son-in-law of Muhammad, said: 'That which is in conformity with science is also in conformity with religion'.
      Whatever the intelligence of man cannot understand, religion ought not to accept. Religion and science walk hand in hand, and any religion contrary to science is not the truth.6

      To emphasize once again the Divine connection between science and religion, is this final quote from the infallible Interpreter of Bahá'u'lláh's holy Word, 'Abdu'l-Bahá::

            By the power of the Holy Spirit, working through his soul, man is able to perceive the Divine reality of things. All great works of art and science are witnesses to this power of the Spirit. The same Spirit gives Eternal Life.7

1 Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 141-142.
2 Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 157.
3 Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 129-130.
4 Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 72.
5 Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, pp. 51-52.
6 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, pp. 130-131.
     7 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 85.
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