Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.
In this episode I interview Dr. Steven Phelps, physicist, philosopher and translator who currently lives Oregon, USA. We talk about his experience growing up as a Baha’i, his studies in physics and philosophy, when his deepest beliefs were challenged, his move to the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa and his experience as an Arabic and Persian translator. We also look into some of the deepest philosophical questions and share thoughts about how the world works, the relativity of religious truth, science and religion, consciousness, and the progress of civilization.
Here is the quote by Abdu’l-Baha from Paris Talks which Steven Phelps refers to:
“I say unto you: weigh carefully in the balance of reason and science everything that is presented to you as religion. If it passes this test, then accept it, for it is truth! If, however, it does not so conform, then reject it, for it is ignorance!”
You can listen to a talk by Steven Phelps called “Science, Religion & the Coming Spiritual Revolution” here.
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Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Steven Phelps is one of a kind Physicist, philosopher. And he is a Bahai.
Criselda R. Figuerres (August 8, 2016 at 1:59 PM)
This interview totally blew my mind and was so exciting. I have been wondering about these topics particularly in the last year but I have no scientific training close to be able to figure it out. I was really disturbed at not having a satisfying answer to many of the topics covered here. Thank you for doing the interview! I think it was great.
Juliette (August 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM)
This was a fantastic talk! Can’t wait for part 2.
Kian (August 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM)
Hi Kian, so glad you liked it! You can listen to all of the Baha’i Blogcast episodes either on iTunes or find them here on our landing page: http://bahaiblog.net/bahaiblogcast/
Thanks for your support!
Naysan Naraqi (August 8, 2016 at 11:05 PM)
Thanks Naysan! I see new episodes on my FB feed and listen to them on my phone (I don’t have iTunes).
Kian (August 8, 2016 at 12:05 PM)
Heightens our cosmic consciousness. Well done! Would be happy for more.
Keith J. Taylor (February 2, 2019 at 4:53 PM)