‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s tablet to Dr. Forel

This presentation calls for reflection on the method, style, and substance of one of the weightiest Tablets, He wrote to an eminent scientist of His day. Broad and liberal in His approach, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá identifies science as a foundation of human progress, exposes the narrow mindedness of certain materialists, elucidates the limitless inter-connections among the countless beings managed by an all-embracing power, regards this all-unifying power as provable in its effects yet incomprehensible in its nature, and poses the social teachings of Bahá’u’lláh as the key to prosperity of humankind.

  • Saba Mahanian

    Saba Mahanian obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of Biomechanics. He taught Engineering for three years and worked the rest of his career in Aerospace Engineering. He has a special interest in the discourse on the harmony of Science and Religion with special reference to the implications of engineering thought, methodology, and tools as a bridge between metaphysics and philosophy of biological evolution and development.


45th Annual Conference

In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time


The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.