Saturday, February 16, 2008

On the Official Web Sites: Baha'is Know Where They Stand

To state what I hope is obvious, this is a personal blog. Not official. The Baha'i Faith distinguishes between personal views/stances that a Baha'i may take and interpretations of the Writings and positions of the Baha'i community that are official. The independent investigation of truth is, of course, extolled in the Baha'i Writings. A Baha'i may experience confusion or doubt, and even say, "I don't understand this or that." Baha'is may hold opinions that are not in keeping with the authorized teachings, but they are simply obligated not to press their opinions on others or be a source of disunity in the community with those ideas. If it gets to disunity, only behavior is censured; one's intellectual or spiritual shortcomings cannot be. (See Kluge's classic reponse to Juan Cole's "Panopticon" paper, items 19 and 20.) -gw

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting the link to the Kluge response to Juan Cole. I have recently finished the book LOGOS AND CIVILIZATION by Nader Saiedi, which offers some fantastic scholarship that directly contradicts many of Cole's timelines, translations and scholarship.

George Wesley Dannells said...

Logos and Civilization is the most current and the weightiest book-length defense of the Faith in publication. I agree with you totally. It's scholarship is rigorous and timely.