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A Religious Case for Scientific Literacy

A Religious Case for Scientific Literacy

“I haven’t been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year—you know the rotation of the earth. We’re moving closer to the sun… We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off? Things are changing, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can.” This strange case for the insolubility of climate change/global warming was uttered by a state senator…

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Knowledge, Volition and Action: Unraveling Secrets

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Unraveling Secrets

O God, O Thou Who hast cast Thy splendour over the luminous realities of men, shedding upon them the resplendent lights of knowledge and guidance, and hast chosen them out of all created things for this supernal grace, and hast caused them to encompass all things, to understand their inmost essence, and to disclose their mysteries, bringing them forth out of darkness into the visible world! “He verily showeth His special mercy to whomsoever He will.”  O Lord, help Thou…

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Knowledge, Volition and Action: Making Knowledge Sticky

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Making Knowledge Sticky

(The second of a two-on education and who is responsible for providing it.) Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.  — Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, CXXII   My observation, as a product of the public school system and having raised three kids who are or have been in it at least through part of their education, is that we…

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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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The Thing We Call Religion

The Thing We Call Religion

On a forum recently, we fell to discussing what should be taught about Islam in textbooks. Several people opined that certainly we must not have “pro-Islamic” textbooks because Islam, as a evidenced by recent events, was clearly violent in nature and contributed nothing but violence to world civilization. I once wrote a book that featured some rational and intelligent Muslim characters (THE SPIRIT GATE, Baen, 1996). My publisher’s assistant—a Christian—was appalled and complained that I was making the Muslims seem…

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