Thursday, April 17. 2008
And now the meaning of Evolution and some reflections from those who have special places in history for making huge differences for human advancements:
1) a process of change in a certain direction: unfolding;
2) a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state;
3) a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance;
4) a process in which the whole universe is a progress of interrelated phenomena
Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Biologist, says:
“I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of …chance.”
Max Planck, theoretical Physicist, says: “Whence come I, and whiter go I? That is the great unfathomable question….Science has no answer for it.”
Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist, says: “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind…The cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.”
Sharon Begley, Science Journalist, says: “Physicists have stumbled on signs that the cosmos is custom-made for life and consciousness. It turns out that if the constants of nature- unchanging numbers like the strength of gravity, the charge of electron, and the mass of a proton were the tiniest bit different, then atoms would not hold together, stars would not burn, and life would never have made an appearance.”
John Polkinghorne, Physicist & Theologian, says: “When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredible finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it….Our minds, which invent mathematics, conform to …the cosmos. We are somehow tuned in its truths.”
Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist, says: “The odds against a universe like ours emerging out of something like the Big Bang are enormous. There are clearly religious implications.”
Freeman Dyson, Astrophysicist, says: “The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.”
John Haught, Evolutionary Theologian, says: “Much as a loving parent lets a child be, and become, freely and without interference, so does God let creation make itself”
Rupert Sheldrake, Biological Field Theorist, says: “ I take the view that the creation ultimately depends on some non-physical or trans-physical reality, spiritual in nature.”
David Bohm, Theoretical Physicist, says: “The question is whether matter is rather crude and mechanical, or whether it gets more and more subtle and becomes indistinguishable from what people have called ‘mind’.”
And Abdu’l-Baha continues:
“….At the best, man spends four-score years and ten in this world—a short time indeed!
Does a man cease to exist when he leaves the body? If his life comes to an end, then all the previous evolution is useless, all has been for nothing! Can one imagine that Creation has no greater aim than this?
The soul is eternal, immortal.
Materialists say, ‘Where is the soul? What is it? We cannot see it, neither can we touch it.’
This is how we must answer them: However much the mineral may progress, it cannot comprehend the vegetable world. Now, that lack of comprehension does not prove the non-existence of the plant!
To however great a degree the plant may have evolved, it is unable to understand the animal world; this ignorance is no proof that the animal does not exist!
The animal, be he never so highly developed, cannot imagine the intelligence of man, neither can he realize the nature of his soul. But, again, this does not prove that man is without intellect, or without soul. It only demonstrates this, that one form of existence is incapable of comprehending a form superior to itself.
This flower may be unconscious of such a being as man, but the fact of its ignorance does not prevent the existence of humanity.
In the same way, if materialists do not believe in the existence of the soul, their unbelief does not prove that there is no such realm as the world of spirit. The very existence of man’s intelligence proves his immortality; moreover, darkness proves the presence of light, for without light there would be no shadow. Poverty proves the existence of riches, for, without riches, how could we measure poverty?
Ignorance proves that knowledge exists, for without knowledge how could there be ignorance?
Therefore the idea of mortality presupposes the existence of immortality—for if there were no Life Eternal, there would be no way of measuring the life of this world!
If the spirit were not immortal, how could the Manifestations of God endure such terrible trials? …………….It is only a man without intelligence who, after considering these things, can imagine that the great scheme of creation should suddenly cease to progress, that evolution should come to such an inadequate end!
The inability of the materialistic mind to grasp the idea of the Life Eternal is no proof of the non-existence of that life.
The comprehension of that other life depends on our spiritual birth!” The End.