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Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith

Science and religion are “the two most potent forces in human life.” We explore how science and religion relate to each other from a Bahá’í perspective.

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
Duration
9 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Aug 18-Oct 19
Register By
August 23, 2022

Science and religion are “the two most potent forces in human life” according to Shoghi Effendi. In Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith, we explore how science and religion relate to each other from a Bahá’í perspective. 

We examine the Bahá’í writings as they relate to physics and cosmology, biology and evolution,  and technology;  and consider perspectives they inspire with regards to the crises of our age. We investigate the relationships between science, the scientific method, and the systematic endeavors of the Bahá’í Faith. A major focus is the idea that the "Bahá’í Revelation... is scientific in its method."

Syllabus for Credit Students (2022)

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Topics
What will you learn?
You will learn
to advance your understanding of science and religion from a Bahá’í perspective
to prepare for discourse about science and religion
to develop the related skills needed for consultation, social action, and personal transformation
Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Stephen Friberg, PhD
Physicist, WI Adjunct Lecturer

I’ve been fascinated by science and religion since becoming a Bahá’í in my youth in spiritually charged New Mexico. I discovered that—even though I was the product of a thoroughly secular academic upbringing as the son of a mathematics professor—I now believed in God. Could I do this rationally and... See Faculty Bio

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Robert Sarracino, PhD
Physicist, WI Adjunct Lecturer

Robert Sarracino will speak on the topic of \"Physics, Cosmology and the World of the Spirit:  The Unity of Reality”.  Robert Sarracino obtained a doctorate in physics from the University of Victoria, BC, in the field of General Relativity. After postdoctoral work in astrophysics at Socorro, New Mexico, he and... See Faculty Bio

teacher
Roger Neyman, BS
Independent Scholar and Adjunct Lecturer at WI

Roger Neyman will speak on \"Evolutionary insights from the Bahá’í teachings and their relevance to issues facing humanity.\" Roger has had a lifelong conviction that science and spirituality are both valid and compelling avenues to finding the truth about the world at large and about the human condition. He developed... See Faculty Bio

teacher
Whitney White Kazemipour, PhD
Independent Scholar, Academic Writing Coach

Since even before becoming a Bahá’í during college, I have been interested in how cultures might evolve towards higher spiritual goals. In pursuit of that interest, I have studied how immigrant mothers have used the knowledge gained in their passage from one country to another to create new forms of... See Faculty Bio

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