Plato, Modern Physics and Baha’u’llah
Vahid Houston Ranjbar
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Vahid Houston Ranjbar, from one Bahá’i to another, I am disappointed to find you respond to peace_for_all’s argument by addressing a completely unrelated topic — persecution of Bahá’is in Iran. My response to their argument is quite simple. I believe that Bahá’u’lláh and the rest of the Manifestations of God including Mohammad were infallible only to matters pertaining to religion, not science and history. Hence, when we do encounter a scientific or historical inaccuracy in the Writings or the Qur’án (Adam-Eve story), it should be interpreted figuratively lest we violate our principle of harmony between science and religion. If you still disagree, then kindly explain the following passage from the Tablet of Wisdom, p. 145.

“ Empedocles, who distinguished himself in philosophy, was a contemporary of David, while Pythagoras lived in the days of Solomon, son of David, and acquired Wisdom from the treasury of prophethood. It is he who claimed to have heard the whispering sound of the heavens and to have attained the station of the angels. In truth thy Lord will clearly set forth all things, if He pleaseth. Verily, He is the Wise, the All-Pervading.”

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