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Learning in Action: Relying on the Scientific Method in Bahá’í Teachings

Nov 30, 2021

Course: Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith (2021)
Faculty Mentor: Whitney Kazemipour

I have gained much understanding and insight during the course Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith. In particular, I really tuned in to the concept of intellectual humility, and the idea that learning in action is, in effect, the scientific method in its general form—i.e., a process of trying things and learning from them that make these concerted efforts effective.

Before taking this class, I often touted the importance of process and learning to my fellow Bahá’ís, and they would look at me and say “Yes, I know it is a process!” Now, I have more insight into how process and learning work. I also liked the discussion and readings around discussing the science in a way more like ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá’s approach—by finding out where they are first and then starting the discussion from that point. 

The course has also given me a new perspective, that science is not just in one field—it percolates through everything in some fashion.

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Jacque Jenkins

I was born and raised in Illinois. I became a Bahá’í 47 years ago in Lexington, Kentucky. My husband and I moved to Louisville upon marriage and remain there after 43 years. Our longstanding commitment has been to serve the Bahá’í Faith. We have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

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