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COLLECTIONPublished articles
TITLEA Scientific Proof of the Existence of God
AUTHOR 1William S. Hatcher
DATE_THIS1993
VOLUME5:4
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PAGE_RANGE1-16
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
CITY_THISOttawa
ABSTRACTWhenever scientists encounter a phenomenon that exhibits an evolution towards order, but without any observable reason for such movement, they suspect the cause to be an unseen force. Evolution presents a persistent movement from disorder towards order.
NOTES See also A Logical Proof of the Existence of God. Also available as a Word document, prepared by M. Thomas (2022). See also commentaries and responses by Gordon Dicks and Philip Belove (1994) and Arash Abizadeh and Ross Woodman (1997).

Mirrored from journal.bahaistudies.ca/online/article/view/78.

TAGS- Philosophy; Evolution; God; Proofs; Science; Tablet to Auguste Forel
 
CONTENT
About: Of the various systems that we can actually observe in the physical world, some (e.g., the movement of small dust particles suspended in the air) appear to be perfectly random (or chaotic); whereas, others (e.g., the growth of leaved plants) exhibit a high degree of order and structure. Whenever scientists encounter a phenomenon or system that exhibits a significant evolution towards order, but without any observable reason for such movement, they suspect the cause to be the objective action of some unseen force (e.g., the unseen force of gravity that, in the presence of a large mass like the earth, causes the persistent downward movement of unsupported objects). Using this method, modern physics has now validated the existence of at least four basic forces (gravity, the strong and the weak nuclear forces, and electromagnetic force), and continues to examine the possibility that other, hitherto undetected, forces may exist. In 1921 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá presented a cogent scientific argument for the existence of an objective, unseen force as the only reasonable explanation for the phenomenon of biological evolution. In the years since ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s proof was first published, the findings of science have tended to show that, indeed, the phenomenon of evolution represents a persistent movement from disorder towards order of the kind that strongly suggests the action of some unobservable force different from all other forces so far discovered. In this article, we present a somewhat detailed reformulation of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s argument using certain contemporary scientific terms that were not current at the time ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote.
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