Harmony of Science and Religion

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Order of Service
Opening Prayer
O God, O Thou Who hast cast Thy splendor over the luminous realities of
men, shedding upon them the resplendent lights of knowledge and
guidance, and hast chosen them out of all created things for this
supernal grace, and hast caused them to encompass all things, to
understand their inmost essence, and to disclose their mysteries,
bringing them forth out of darkness into the visible world! “He verily
showeth His special mercy to whomsoever He will.”
O Lord, help Thou Thy loved ones to acquire knowledge and the sciences
and arts, and to unravel the secrets that are treasured up in the inmost
reality of all created beings. Make them to hear the hidden truths that
are written and embedded in the heart of all that is. Make them to be
ensigns of guidance amongst all creatures, and piercing rays of the mind
shedding forth their light in this, the “first life.” Make them to be
leaders unto Thee, guides unto Thy path, runners urging men on to Thy
Kingdom.
Thou verily art the Powerful, the Protector, the Potent, the Defender, the Mighty, the Most Generous.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
First Reading
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown
it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His eternal power and
divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen
through the things He has made. So they are without excuse.
Christianity, Romans 1:19-20.
Knowledge is one of the greatest benefits of God. To acquire knowledge
is incumbent on all. These visible arts and present implements are from
the results of His knowledge and wisdom, which have been revealed from
the Supreme Pen. The Supreme Pen is that pen from the treasury of which
the gems of wisdom and utterance, and the arts of all the world have
appeared and become manifest. In this day the mysteries of this earth
are unfolded and visible before the eyes.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Second Reading
O Inmost Heart of this Temple! We have made thee the dawning-place of
Our knowledge and the dayspring of Our wisdom unto all who are in heaven
and on earth. From thee have We caused all sciences to appear, and unto
thee shall We cause them to return… Erelong shall We bring into being
through thee exponents of new and wondrous sciences, of potent and
effective crafts, and shall make manifest through them that which the
heart of none of Our servants hath yet conceived.
Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah
Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of that the hands of men
have earned. That Allah may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in
order that they may turn back’
Islam, Quran
There is no contradiction between true religion and science. When a
religion is opposed to science it becomes mere superstition: that which
is contrary to knowledge is ignorance.
How can a man believe to be a fact that which science has proved to be
impossible? If he believes in spite of his reason, it is rather ignorant
superstition than faith. The true principles of all religions are in
conformity with the teachings of science.
The Unity of God is logical, and this idea is not antagonistic to the conclusions arrived at by scientific study.
All religions teach that we must do good, that we must be generous,
sincere, truthful, law-abiding, and faithful; all this is reasonable,
and logically the only way in which humanity can progress.
All religious laws conform to reason, and are suited to the people for
whom they are framed, and for the age in which they are to be obeyed.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Third Reading
When religion, shorn of its superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent
dogmas, shows its conformity with science, then will there be a great
unifying, cleansing force in the world which will sweep before it all
wars, disagreements, discords and struggles--and then will mankind be
united in the power of the Love of God.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But
you came and defiled my land and you made my inheritance detestable.
Christianity, Jermiah. 2:7.
Religion and science are the two wings upon which man’s intelligence can
soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is
not possible to fly with one wing alone! Should a man try to fly with
the wing of religion alone he would quickly fall into the quagmire of
superstition, whilst on the other hand, with the wing of science alone
he would also make no progress, but fall into the despairing slough of
materialism.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the
earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the
sea. ‘
Christianity, Isaiah 11:9.
And when he turns away from you, O Mohammad, his effort in the land is
to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle, and
Allah likes not mischief’.
Is;am, Quran,
The source of crafts, sciences and arts is the power of reflection. Make
ye every effort that out of this ideal mine there may gleam forth such
pearls of wisdom and utterance as will promote the well-being and
harmony of all the kindreds of the earth..
Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah
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Open Prayers
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Fourth Reading
All the virtues which have been deposited and potential in human hearts
are being revealed from that Reality as flowers and blossoms from divine
gardens. It is a day of joy, a time of happiness, a period of spiritual
growth. I beg of God that this divine spiritual civilization may have
the fullest impression and effect upon you. May you become as growing
plants. May the trees of your hearts bring forth new leaves and
variegated blossoms. May ideal fruits appear from them in order that the
world of humanity, which has grown and developed in material
civilization, may be quickened in the bringing forth of spiritual
ideals. Just as human intellects have revealed the secrets of matter and
have brought forth from the realm of the invisible the mysteries of
nature, may minds and spirits, likewise, come into the knowledge of the
verities of God, and the realities of the Kingdom be made manifest in
human hearts. Then the world will be the paradise of Abha, the standard
of the Most Great Peace will be borne aloft, and the oneness of the
world of humanity in all its beauty, glory and significance will become
apparent.
Baha’i Faith, Abdu’l-Baha
 
Closing Prayer
 
O God! Verily, the world is in need of reformation. Bestow upon it a new
existence. Give it newness of thoughts, and reveal unto it heavenly
sciences. Breathe into it a fresh spirit, and grant unto it a holier and
higher purpose.
 
O God! Verily, Thou hast made this century radiant, and in it Thou hast
manifested Thy merciful effulgence. Thou hast effaced the darkness of
superstitions and permitted the light of assurance to shine. O God!
Grant that these servants may be acceptable at Thy threshold. Reveal a
new heaven, and spread out a new earth for habitation. Let a new
Jerusalem descend from on high. Bestow new thoughts, new life upon
mankind. Endow souls with new perceptions, and confer upon them new
virtues. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Powerful. Thou art the
Giver, the Generous.
Baha’i Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá