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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: Faith in Education

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Faith in Education

A friend started a thread on Facebook the other day about pubic education. It sparked a—er—lively debate (not to say a gully‑washer of an argument) about the pros and cons of public and private schools and home‑schooling. Inevitably, the subject of private religious schools and religious home‑schooling came up with the expressed sentiment that faith‑based education was, inevitably, sans scientific rigor. I mentioned that Bahá’ís regard the acquisition of knowledge as essential, science as the greatest achievement of the human realm…

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Jesus for President—an Election-Year Special

Jesus for President—an Election-Year Special

“Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.” — Bahá’u’lláh  “The religious ideal is the soul of all plans for the good of mankind. Religion must never be used as a tool by party politicians. God’s politics are mighty, man’s politics are feeble.” — Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted by Lady Blomfield in The Chosen Highway   A key principle of the Bahá’í Faith is non-involvement with partisan politics. This…

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