The path to peace can be trod through rational understanding as well as through insight and intuition. The former is the way of science, the latter that of religion, in the ideal case the two paths lead to the same destination: to the next, global stage in humankind’s long and complex evolution. This study explores these paths by reviewing and contrasting the understanding conveyed by the new sciences of evolution and complexity, and the insight transmitted through the revelations of the prophets of the Bahá’í Faith. Harmony between these two approaches would reinforce current attempts to raise human affairs beyond the stage of competing nation-states to that of an integrated and enduringly peaceful global society.
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