I have had a lifelong conviction that science and spirituality were both valid and compelling avenues to finding the truth about the world at large and about the human condition. Further, I was puzzled that some thinkers seemed to see them as being at odds with each other, working to prove them as irreconcilable. In particular, I developed a deep interest in the history of the discourses between the Creationist movement and atheistic neo-Darwinism. Given that their interaction leads to endless conflict and not to resolution of the conflict and unity, it was clear to me that they were missing something essential. As a result, I set out to identify just where each of them went ‘off track’.
Bahá’u’lláh’s principles of the necessity of independent investigation of the truth and the harmony of science and religion served as the starting point and bedrock foundation of my searches. Indeed they were one of the deepest sources of attraction that drew me to the Faith at the age of 43, in 1993. Early on in my efforts as a Bahá’í scholar I sensed a deep connection between these principles and the spiritual and intellectual difficulties of our age. This intuition has only been confirmed and reinforced over the intervening years, and I continue to develop this thesis very actively now. Since my retirement from a career in Software Engineering in 2012 I have devoted myself nearly full-time to scholarship in this field, promotion of harmony between science and religion, and, increasingly, to anti-racism discourses within and on behalf of the Bahá’í community. This work is very much the center of my participation in the Wilmette Institute Science and Religion Courses and Discussion Center.