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Religion, World Order and Science Fiction

Religion, World Order and Science Fiction

Much has been written on the treatment of religion in science fiction. However, I personally find the idea of World Order in SF even more fascinating. I am by no means an expert, in fact Maya Bohnhoff—a friend who is one of the major contributors on this website—is, in real life a professional science fiction writer.  In this blog I will do an analysis of the similarities between the highly acclaimed Babylon 5 SF TV series and world order processes…

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Education Under Fire: Bahá’ís Banned from Higher Education

Education Under Fire: Bahá’ís Banned from Higher Education

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu and President José Ramos-Horta of East Timor recently wrote an open letter to the international academic community regarding the systematic denial of higher education to the Bahá’ís of Iran, the largest non-Muslim religious minority of that country. A denial which has resulted in the creation of the BIHE (Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education) a completely voluntary organization of academics in Iran and abroad dedicated to providing quality higher education for disenfranchised Bahá’í students. Here are links…

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Violent Market Swings: the New Norm?

Violent Market Swings: the New Norm?

This was the headline today on a major cable news website.  A few days ago, my colleague asked the same thing, what is going on?  What do these swings signify? I have also thought about this, and would like to share some insights.  I am not a student of history, but I recall reading that the days and weeks before the great stock market crash of 1929, the market was very unstable also.  The crash was preceded by a speculative…

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Human Zinc Deficiency: 50th Anniversary

Human Zinc Deficiency: 50th Anniversary

We have a global zinc deficiency epidemic on our hands; over one third of the population of the world is zinc deficient, contributing to about half a million deaths in children world wide every year, and putting two billion people at risk. Zinc is vital to many biological functions, such as disease resistance, wound healing, digestion, reproduction, physical growth, blood sugar regulation, taste and smell. October 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of first conceptual breakthrough of zinc deficiency in man….

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World Peace: A Bahá’í Perspective

World Peace: A Bahá’í Perspective

The hope for world peace and good will is a deep desire of the overwhelming majority of the peoples of the world. The Prophets of the past prophesied—and countless sages and poets have longed for—the time when peace and harmony will replace war and conflict. Many futuristic science fiction novels and TV shows have also endeavored to give a clear vision of what world peace might look like. Bahá’ís believe that we are living in extraordinarily precious times—the promised age…

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New Atheism and the Bahá’í Faith—a talk by Courosh Mehanian

New Atheism and the Bahá’í Faith—a talk by Courosh Mehanian

Today’s blog is an audio-visual presentation within an audio-visual presentation. The video is from a presentation Courosh Mehanian gave on New Atheism and the Bahá’í Faith in a private home. These are not professional recordings, so please do pardon the (ahem) interesting initial camera angle. I assure you, Courosh is not a table lamp :), though he does hope to shed some light (ar-ar) on the subject of how he views New Atheist ideas through the lens of the Bahá’í…

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The Unifying Power Science and Religion in Progressive Nation Building

The Unifying Power Science and Religion in Progressive Nation Building

Abdu’l-Bahá (son of the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith) during his one of his trips to the West, about one hundred years ago, stated: “When religion, shorn of its superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent dogmas, shows its conformity with science, then will there be a great unifying, cleansing force in the world which will sweep before it all wars, disagreements, discords and struggles — and then will mankind be united in the power of the Love of God. [1]” In…

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Woodrow Wilson, His Fourteen Points, The League of Nations and World Peace

Woodrow Wilson, His Fourteen Points, The League of Nations and World Peace

On a cold and dreary Armistice Day, November 11, 1923, in front of his S-Street house, an ailing Woodrow Wilson stood unassisted, in noticeable physical pain and under great strain to speak. He paused for a perceptible time before delivering his remarks, his body bent with years of illness, his face twitching as he raised his eyes to the disabled soldiers gathered before him. He declared that he “was not one of those who have the least anxiety about the…

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Twentieth Century Renaissance and Race Unity

Twentieth Century Renaissance and Race Unity

The last few blogs I talked about the subject of Islam and the Renaissance and how it created the foundation for modern advances.  I like to step down from and touch upon another renaissance—the twentieth century renaissance. This period, I believe, will be regarded in the future as the dawn of a most glorious era, the birth of a magnificent global civilization, that cannot be visualized at present. I have been especially interested in the period of 1900-1920, the period…

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Prophet Muhammad’s Wives: a Contextual Perspective

Prophet Muhammad’s Wives: a Contextual Perspective

The subject of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives has come up a few times in my work place. Specifically, the fact that he had many wives—and that one of them seemed to have been underage by today’s standards—has been a cause of concern and confusion. I should mention from the outset that I am a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad—on my father’s side of the family tree—through His grandson, Imam Hussain. Throughout the years, I have been understandably somewhat sensitive…

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