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CANCELLED Principles for a Better World: "Science and religion: Different but complementary ways of looking at the world"

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The Cambridge Bahá’í community has organised a series of talks and discussions on several core principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, entitled “Principles for a Better World”.

Talks will take place on Wednesdays from 8-9:30pm from mid-January to mid-April. All talks are free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served.

The title of this talk is “Science and religion: Different but complementary ways of looking at the world” .

Please note the date of this talk has changed to 22nd April!

It is often perceived that science and religion are completely incompatible, that they are so different that there is little or no common ground between scientists and people of faith. However, according to the Bahá’í teachings, science and religion are tools that can be used to investigate the nature of reality. There are many unanswered questions in the world, and by using science and religion as complementary approaches, we have a better chance of finding the answers.

Scientific capabilities – of observing, of measuring, of rigorously testing ideas – have allowed humanity to construct a coherent understanding of the laws and processes governing physical reality, as well as to gain insights into human conduct and the life of society. On the other hand, many of the greatest achievements of religion have been moral in character. Through its teachings and through the examples of human lives illumined by these teachings, masses of people in all ages and lands have developed the capacity to love, to give generously, to serve others, to forgive, to trust in God, and to sacrifice for the common good. Social structures and institutional systems have been devised that translate these moral advances into the norms of social life on a vast scale.

In this talk, we will explore how science and religion can work together in harmony to help humanity advance.

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.”

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Bahá'í Society series.

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