What is the the Baha’i view on quantum physics?

We have seen above that the writings and utterances of the Central Figures of the Faith describe material forms (e.g. the physical bodies of living organisms) as something that “in the course of evolution spirit builds as the vehicles of its expression” (Bahá’í Scriptures 302) and that these forms are said to pre-exist in the divine plan or the Logos before they are realised through an evolutionary process in the material world Having furthermore found out that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s ether, which can be related to modern concepts of force fields, appears to be the medium through which spirit is stated to influence and shape matter, we can now go on to examine how quantum physics, and especially the Heisenberg uncertainty principle described above, might be able to help us understand on what level such an interaction between spirit and matter might take place.


By comparing this Bahá’í concept of ether to the models of quantum mechanics, it can be demonstrated that all these ideas appear to have counterparts in modern scientific literature and that the understanding of “the essence of existence” being “a spiritual reality because invisible forces of the spirit are the origin of matter and the foundation thereof” (Shoghi Effendi) can therefore not simply be dismissed as unscientific anymore.  Quantum mechanics has in this way made a big step towards the reconciliation of science and religion, “the two wings upon which man’s intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress” (Paris Talks 143).

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