On November 6, 1912 at a talk at the Universalist Church, Thirteenth and L Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. ‘Abdu’l-Baha fervently pronounced: “Liberalism is essential in this day — justness and equity toward all nations and people.”
And what exactly is the meaning of liberalism? This is the definition of liberalism current at the time of ‘Abdu’l-Baha but altered since then by the ego-driven interpreters and the ego-driven interventionists.
Later in the talk ‘Abdu’l-Baha gives a clear indication of the kind of processes necessary for minds to be moderate and well-informed:
Furthermore, religion must conform to reason and be in accord with the conclusions of science. For religion, reason and science are realities; therefore, these three, being realities, must conform and be reconciled. A question or principle which is religious in its nature must be sanctioned by science. Science must declare it to be valid, and reason must confirm it in order that it may inspire confidence. If religious teaching, however, be at variance with science and reason, it is unquestionably superstition. The Lord of mankind has bestowed upon us the faculty of reason whereby we may discern the realities of things. How then can man rightfully accept any proposition which is not in conformity with the processes of reason and the principles of science? Assuredly such a course cannot inspire man with confidence and real belief. (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 394.)
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