Creation and Evolution from a Bahá’í Point of View on the Huffington Post Religion Website

“A Baha’i Take on the Creation/Evolution Debate” is the title of Wilmette Institute faculty member Stephen Friberg’s most recent blog on the popular Huffington Post Religion website. Dr. Friberg’s blog, which was uploaded in February 2014, is a part of the ongoing debate about creation and evolution typified by Bill Nye, known as The Science Guy from his l993–98 television program for preteens called Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, a young-earth creationist who is president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky in the United States. To read Dr. Friberg’s blog, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-r-friberg/bahai-creation-evolution-debate_b_4721219.html .

Dr. Friberg, who uses many quotations from the Bahá’í writings in his blog post, ends by saying that creationism

is a conflict that should just be peacefully resolved. Men and women of goodwill should work together to lay the issue to rest were it belongs—along with other dead or dying 19th-century ideological battles. It is just a diversion and a sideshow to our main task, which is work together towards that necessary and long-hoped for goal of peace and prosperity for all the counties and peoples of the world, regardless of their beliefs—or lack thereof.

Dr. Friberg, who has been a faculty member of the Wilmette Institute’s course Science, Religion, and Creating the Future: A New Discourse, is a physicist with a research background in experimental quantum optics and lasers. He is the cofounder of the Science and Religion Special Interest Group of the Association for Bahá’í Studies in North America. He is also a cofounder of Common Ground, a blog devoted to faith, reason, and religion and of Japan’s Association for Bahá’í Studies. To read his posts on the Common Ground blog, see http://www.commongroundgroup.net/.

In an earlier piece that Dr. Friberg published on the Huffington Post Religion website in June 2012, he discussed “Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith” from the point of view of science and religion being two wings of one bird and offering four ways in which science and religion can work together by (1) reducing or eliminating conflicts over evolution; (2) developing moral and ethical principles for global progress; (3) providing universal education in scientific literacy; and (4) renewing and transforming religion. To read the blog, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-r-friberg/science-religion-and-the-bahai-faith_b_1598473.html.