I have more than a clue. Albert Einstein was very aware of the Baha'i Faith and was greatly influenced by it. The more one knows about each, the more obvious becomes the connection. Albert was more a Deist than Pantheist, I am quite sure, though neither really fit. To a Baha'i, God is an "Unknowable Essence." Compare that definition to your first quote. I will have to do some searching to find a quote from the Baha'i writings that in my view will adequately reflect the second, but rest assured I have read several and know for a certainty they exist. I will try to find them, or at least one good one, before this question is closed, though I cannot guarantee success due to many things I have that need to be done. But Baha’u’llah (1817 - 1892), Prophet/founder of the Baha’i Faith had an influence on many more than just Einstein.
At least one of the encyclicals from a previous to the current Pope is virtually a word for word copy of Baha’i writings that were published decades earlier, and there is speculation in some circles that that Pope was trying to get the Catholic Church prepared to accept Baha’u’llah. Baha’u’llah himself wrote a letter to the Pope is the 1860's, so for that and many other reasons it is a given that the Catholic Church is very aware of the Baha’i Faith. Mahatma Gandhi was quoted as saying, "The Baha'i Faith is a solace to humankind." (Bombay Chronicle, May 24, 1944). Others are Helen Keller, “We would all be better off if we studied the philosophy of Baha’u’llah.” Arnold Toynbee “If there is a religion for the future it is the Baha’i Faith,” and though this may not be an exact quote is very close, Leo Tolstoy described the Baha'i Faith as "the highest and purest form of religious teaching." And it was of Baha'u'llah that Tolstoy wrote: "We spend our lives trying to unlock the mystery of the universe, but there was a Turkish prisoner, (Baha'u'llah in Akka, Palestine) who had the key".
Want references to the Big Bang long before Edwin Hubble made his now famous observation? Quantum physics and much more long before they were posited by the mind of science? Look to the Baha’i scripture.
May I offer these in case I do not find in time the one regarding the second quote? I have included them in other answers I have offered in this forum so are readily available.
Religion and Science are inter-twined with each other and cannot be separated. These are the two wings with which humanity must fly. One wing is not enough. Every religion which does not concern itself with Science is mere tradition, and that is not the essential. Therefore science, education and civilization are most important necessities for the full religious life.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 28)
If any religion rejected Science and knowledge, that religion was false. Science and Religion should go forward together; indeed, they should be like two fingers of one hand.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Abdu'l-Baha in London, p. 70)
Sciences of former ages and philosophies of the past are useless today.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 224)
The fourth teaching of Bahá'u'lláh is the agreement of religion and science. God has endowed man with intelligence and reason whereby he is required to determine the verity of questions and propositions. If religious beliefs and opinions are found contrary to the standards of science they are mere superstitions and imaginations; for the antithesis of knowledge is ignorance, and the child of ignorance is superstition. Unquestionably there must be agreement between true religion and science. If a question be found contrary to reason, faith and belief in it are impossible and there is no outcome but wavering and vacillation.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 239)
[ Note the following paragraph was written in 1890. Einstein was born in 1879. -- BKW]
Strange and astonishing things exist in the earth but they are hidden from the minds and the understanding of men. These things are capable of changing the whole atmosphere of the earth and their contamination would prove lethal. (14)
It is noteworthy that in 1911 in Paris in the course of a conversation with Viscount Arawaka, the Japanese Ambassador to Spain, 'Abdu'l-Bahá spoke these words:
Scientific discoveries have increased material civilization. There is in existence a stupendous force, as yet, happily, undiscovered by man. Let us supplicate God, the Beloved, that this force be not discovered by science until spiritual civilization shall dominate the human mind. In the hands of men of lower material nature, this power would be able to destroy the whole earth.'(15)
In a previous volume there is a reference to the words of Bahá'u'lláh concerning the discovery of alchemy, the transmutation of elements, which He links with the coming of a great calamity for the whole world. It is known that the transmutation of eleme
International and United States official sites:
For an online version of a now out of print magazine giving an excellent overview of the Baha'i Faith, (except the statistics are out of date). A newer and different printed version is available. Contact your local Baha'i community for a copy.
The next link is to a statement on world peace