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Course Fosters Discernment about Discussing Science and Religion

Dec 30, 2021
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Course: Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith (2021)
Faculty Mentor: Robert Sarracino

The popular perception that science and religion are in conflict is built on a set of assumptions, some about the two systems as a whole, and others relating to specific areas or conclusions of science and/or specific doctrines and interpretations of certain religions. In entering a space of discourse, it will be important to be alert about which assumptions are operating, and then to discern whether it is timely to address them. 

The course, Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith, has helped me see and understand more of these assumptions; the discernment to know when and how to address them will probably require practice. During the course, I’ve improved my ability to articulate certain points in support of the harmony of science and religion, but it will always be important to weigh whether and how to raise these points. 

I feel a new confidence that a layperson like me can say something concrete and meaningful in support of the harmony of science and religion.

I plan to put together a presentation for my campus Bahá’í group to help consolidate my learning, and then start to learn about specific spaces for contributing to this discourse.



Michael Sabet

This was Michael Sabet's first course with the Wilmette Institute.

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