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TITLERevelation as Scientific in its Method: Science, Diversity, Consultation, and Learning in Action
AUTHOR 1Stephen R. Friberg
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
ABSTRACTAn exploration of Shoghi Effendi's statement that the Bahá'í Faith is scientific in method; the role of diversity in scientific objectivity and bias; the process of action, reflection, consultation, and study.
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TAGSConsultation; Learning; Revelation; Science
Abstract: This paper is an exploration of Shoghi Effendi's statement that Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation is "scientific in its method," starting from the various ways that scientific methods are implemented and including perspectives from the philosophy of science. We examine the role of diversity in achieving scientific objectivity and escape from bias, and consider how the Bahá'í process of action, reflection, consultation, and study is consistent with modern understandings of the scientific method. Because this form of learning in action can be used by everybody, and because ethical, moral, and spiritual practices are part of its way of doing things, it provides a powerful extension of science and its methods that is available to everyone and allows ready integration of spiritual values into the process.
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