Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On Following Baha'i Content on Every Level: There is no "other level" that you inhabit when you believe in God

Is Religion Special?

on The Opinionator from 1 hour ago

I appreciated this column. As an atheism-leaning agnostic who shared a wonderful relationship with a woman of extreme devotion to the Baha'i faith for many years, my comments ahead stem from my experiences.

I can understand why its tempting to view mere secular tolerance and religious commitment as different levels of commitment. I understand why you would claim that religion is more than simply a "viewpoint" and that secularism's imposition of neutrality can stifle the very core of what religious faith aims toward: its sense of GOOD beyond a balancing of worldly values.

After all, you see this multi-level approach in legal opinions, historical texts, ethics treatises, and it also has some intuitive appeal.

But I think that multi-level approach is wrong.

There is no "other level" that you inhabit when you believe in God; if you believe, God infuses everything. And there is no "other level" you inhabit when you care, love, ponder, and direct your mind to the greater good.

How amazing it is to follow the progress of the Cause online, through every news article, every blog post, every mention! All it takes is to arrange for an alert for "Baha'i" to be sent to your email, and you are informed of new content as it appears. BackType is an alert that focuses on comments.  I came across this comment content via a BT alert. -gw
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