Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

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Evolution, design, and faith

Recognition of an Intelligent Designer is a key idea in our Faith, but the phrase is problematic in public discourse because of creationism. We address Design and some of its implications, seeing creationist assertions as both bad science and bad theology, not supported in 'Abdu'l-Bahá’s statements about evolution. We then address the utility of belief in a personal God and the impact this has on our overall framework of understanding, arguing that this will, in future, prove to be a critical background assumption in the social sciences, and ultimately in the natural sciences as a whole.

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