Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
 
IV.   The Workshop of Interacting Souls
[Compiler: “The Workshop of Interacting Souls” is a continuation of the “Life Path of the Soul” in Section III. E., but emphasizing the macrocosmic repercussions and macrocosmic environment of souls’ lives interacting with each other.]
D.   The Religion and the Revelator
4.   Science and Religion
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
1328.….the religion which does not walk hand in hand with science is itself in the darkness of superstition and ignorance.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Fourth Principle—The Acceptance of the Relation between Religion and Science, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 24th”, p. 144)
1329.I say unto you: weigh carefully in the balance of reason and science everything that is presented to you as religion. If it passes this test, then accept it, for it is truth! If, however, it does not so conform, then reject it, for it is ignorance!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Fourth Principle—The Acceptance of the Relation between Religion and Science, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 24th”, p. 144)
1330.There are individuals who have weak intellects and their powers of reasoning have not developed, but the strength and power of religion must not be doubted because of the incapacity of these persons to understand.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Fourth Principle—The Acceptance of the Relation between Religion and Science, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 24th”, p. 145)
1331.God made religion and science to be the measure, as it were, of our understanding. Take heed that you neglect not such a wonderful power. Weigh all things in this balance.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “The Fourth Principle—The Acceptance of the Relation between Religion and Science, 4 Avenue de Camoens, Paris, November 24th”, p. 145)
1332.He1 proclaims that religion must be in harmony with science and reason. If it does not conform to science and reconcile with reason, it is superstition. Down to the present day it has been customary for man to accept a religious teaching, even though it was not in accord with human reason and judgment. The harmony of religious belief with reason is a new vista which Bahá’u’lláh has opened for the soul of man.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “2 December 1912, Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Kinney, 780 West End Avenue, New York, Notes by Esther Foster”, p. 455)
1(“Bahá’u’lláh”)