Great Classical Liberal Says Our Intellectual Faculty Is Unlimited In Its Sphere Of Action.

Human action is our unique distinction and it is the essence of our human reality. The great foundational, human potential is our intellect and the logical structure of our intellect.

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons on April 25, 1912 in Washington, D.C. Abdu'l-Baha concluded his talk with this: "God has endowed man with reason that he may perceive what is true. If we insist that such and such a subject is not to be reasoned out and tested according to the established logical modes of the intellect, what is the use of the reason which God has given man? The eye is the organ of sense by which we view the world of outer phenomena; hearing is the faculty for distinguishing sounds; taste senses the properties of objects, such as bitter, sweet; smell detects and differentiates odors; touch reveals attributes of matter and perfects our communication with the outer world; yet after all, the circle and range of perception by the five senses is exceedingly limited. But the intellectual faculty of man is unlimited in its sphere of action. The eye views details perhaps a mile, but the intellect can perceive the far East and West. The ear may hear tone modulations at one thousand feet, but the mind of man can detect the harmonies of the heavenly spheres as they swing in their courses. Mind makes geological discoveries in subterranean depths and determines the processes of creation in the earth's lowest strata. The sciences and arts, all inventions, crafts, trades and their products have come forth from the intellect of man. It is evident that within the human organism the intellect occupies the supreme station. Therefore, if religious belief, principle or creed is not in accordance with the intellect and the power of reason, it is surely superstition."
 (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 63)

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