From: xx005@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Baha'i Faith Forum)

Following is an article reposted from Usenet's soc.religion.bahai:
"We may think of science as one wing and religion as the other; a bird
needs two wings for flight, one alone would be useless." (`Abdu'l-Baha,
_Paris Talks_, 130)
"There is no contradiction between true religion and science...The Unity
of God is logical, and this idea is not antagonistic to the conclusions
arrived at by scientific study...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." (`Abdu'l-Baha, _Paris Talks_, 143)
"Religion and science are in complete agreement.  Every religion which
is not in accordance with established science is superstition.  Religion
must be reasonable.  If it does not square with reason, it is
superstition and without foundation.  It is like a mirage, which
deceives man by leading him to think it is a body of water.  God has
endowed man with reason that he may perceive what is true.  If we insist
that such and such a subject is not to be reasoned out and tested
according to the established logical modes of the intellect, what is the
use of the reason which God has given man?"
Likewise, the study of the sciences must have as its goal the welfare
and benefit of humankind.  Baha'u'llah writes:  "Knowledge is as wings
to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent.  Its acquisition is
incumbent upon everyone.  The knowledge of such sciences, however,
should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not
those which begin with words and end with words.  Great indeed is the
claim of scientists and craftsmen on the peoples of the world...In
truth, knowledge is a veritable treasure for man, and a source of

glory, of bounty, of joy, of exaltation, of cheer and gladness unto
"It is permissible to study sciences and arts, but such sciences as are
useful and would redound to the progress and advancement of the people."
With science ought to come the spiritual responsibility to wield it.
"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...

"Many religious teachers have grown to think that the importance of
religion lies mainly in the adherence to a collection of certain dogmas
and the practice of rites and ceremonies!  Those whose souls they profess
to cure are taught to believe likewise, and these cling tenaciously to 

the outward forms, confusing them with the inward truth...
"Some worship the product of their own imagination:  they make for
themselves an imaginary God and adore this, when the creation of their
finite minds cannot be the Infinite Mighty Maker of all things visible
and invisible!...
"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...
"Put all your beliefs into harmony with science; there can be no
opposition, for truth is one.  When religion, shorn of its
superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent dogmas, shows its
conformity with science, then there will 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." (`Abdu'l-Baha, _Paris Talks_, 141)