Starting from the basic premise in George Land’s article “The Evolution of Reality” (The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 3, no. 1) that “atoms created their own realities,” this article, will apply the Bahá’í teachings to show that this assertion is only partially right. The question begging to be answered is how can atoms know what to do and what to be, thereby creating their own function and purpose? How matter affects reality, and more importantly, how reality affects matter, was answered by Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá over one hundred years ago, “The new physics” of relativity and high energy describe the reality of matter in corresponding terms. Our universe is turning out to be not only intelligible but also encoded with intelligence beginning on the subatomic level. The Bahá’í writings show that it is the power of the emanating spirit of God which is the reality animating creation also beginning with the atom. It is this one Reality encompassing and underlying all other realities that defines and gives meaning and purpose to all created things.
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