Me and Religion

Well the whole atheism thing hasn’t exactly worked and I’m giving up on being a Bright. Though I am not going back to Christian let along Catholic. I have recently come a cross a new religion (both to me and it is fairly new in religious terms also). What is that faith? Bahá’í.

Bahá’í teachings appeal to me and Shoghi Effendi has summed them up and I cannot disagree with them.

The independent search after truth, unfettered by superstition or tradition; the oneness of the entire human race, the pivotal principle and fundamental doctrine of the Faith; the basic unity of all religions; the condemnation of all forms of prejudice, whether religious, racial, class or national; the harmony which must exist between religion and science; the equality of men and women, the two wings on which the bird of humankind is able to soar; the introduction of compulsory education; the adoption of a universal auxiliary language; the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty; the institution of a world tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations; the exaltation of work, performed in the spirit of service, to the rank of worship; the glorification of justice as the ruling principle in human society, and of religion as a bulwark for the protection of all peoples and nations; and the establishment of a permanent and universal peace as the supreme goal of all mankind—these stand out as the essential elements [which Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed].

So it kinda does sound all wishy washy but I recently got a book in Waterstones and it explains it all. I recommened it to anyone interested in Bahá’á or religion in general. It is “The Baha’i Faith: A Beginner’s Guide – Beginner’s Guide” by Moojan Momen.

I am currently learning alot about the religion thanks to a book given to me by a friend. It is “Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era”, so far an interesting read but it is competing with other books at the moment so must concentrate on it.

Anyway thats an update on me and the religious front. Incidentally the Baha’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee have been inscribed as UNESCO Cultural Sites.

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

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