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Preaching: 'Don't Push Your Views On Me'

10/19/2018
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Passionate believers seek to spread their beliefs, often antagonizing those who don’t agree. They “push their beliefs” on others. Do only religious or political people do so? How is sharing one’s belief system (proclamation) congruent with social progress and being a genuine person? What is proselytizing? How is this related to truth claims? Can this be used as a brushoff tactic to simply avoid investigation? Sections: Download MP3 and PDF...

Duration:00:48:35

'Religion is for Sheep; By the Powerful'

10/17/2018
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Are religious people conformists, sheep following the herd, upholding the status quo? Do only religious people do this? Further, did people in power create religion to control the masses? Does history uphold either of these claim? Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:00:09:57

The Psychoanalysis of Belief

10/15/2018
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Some people offer 'psychological needs' for why others accept religion. This leads them to ignore religion's truth-claims, and takes the place of rational investigation. In such cases they can as brush-off tactics. However, the psychoanalysis of unbelief can ignore secular arguments against religion. I propose that psychoanalysis of thought is not fruitful and stunts critical investigation and therefore should be dropped. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF...

Duration:00:50:09

The Ethics of Belief

10/13/2018
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Do we have a duty to investigate? And when trying to understand others' perspectives and beliefs should we find the most rational representation of it or point at the silliest easiest versions? These questions will be explored in this video. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:00:22:41

Jesus was Crucified According to the Qur'an

10/11/2018
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According to many Muslims (not all), their understanding of the Qur'an 4:157 is that it denies Jesus' crucifixion, however the Bible not only believes in it but emphasizes it as central! How can these two Holy Books be reconciled? Sections: 1. 1:08 Text in Question 2. 7:44 The Bahá'í Interpretation 3. 11:08 The Same Fruit - Consistent with Self - A Harmonious Whole 4. 24:13 "Christ's Life isn't Central in the Qur'an" Addendum: 5. 30:08 The Arabic - Similarities 6. 34:28 The Arabic...

Duration:00:52:40

Religion Causes War, Hatred, and Division

10/8/2018
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There are multiple aspects to this concern. One is that “inherently by being religious you’re X religion and therefore not Y religion, placing people into categories or camps of Us and Them, which makes religion essentially divisive.” So to be secular is seen as being neutral. We'll examine the Bahá'í Writings and see what they say on this issue as we try to resolve this understandable apprehension. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF...

Duration:01:39:59

Unity of Religion: How Do We Talk About It?

9/18/2018
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A brief introductory study of The Unity of Religion in the Bahá'í Writings. I will first present what the "Unity of Religion" briefly is, and subsequently will discuss the barriers and bridges to this concept. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hIz.. YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:04:49:33

The Great Beyond: Afterlife in the Bahá'í Faith

8/8/2018
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A brief introductory study of the "worlds beyond", "next world", or "life after death" in the Bahá'í Writings. This is the full presentation, all 7 parts. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xlwc3BVrs--twiPCklvJ4A5d8x1oxLda YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ #bahai #bahaullah...

Duration:05:12:27

The Bible is Authentic According to the Qur'an

8/5/2018
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What does the Qur'an say about the Bible - the Jewish and Christian Scriptures? Some Muslims claim these Texts have been corrupted. We look at the Qur'an and the Bahá’í Writings and see the validity of the Bible confirmed. We find that, when the Qur'an speaks of "corruption of the Texts" this refers to corruption of the meaning through interpretation. The meaning has been warped and twisted. On a related note, the same passages show Muslims cannot judge non-Muslims according to Islamic...

Duration:00:44:00

Politics and The Bahá’í Faith: Non-Interference and the New Model

7/6/2018
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A brief introductory study of politics and the Bahá'í Writings. This Deepening explores concepts in the Bahá’í Faith related to politics: Baha'u'llah's injunction against Baha'is interfering in secular and partisan politics of any form. We explore how the Bahá’í Faith is political in the original sense of the term: a science of governance, or the organization of society. The Bahá’í Faith offers, as an example, a way of governing the social order - locally, nationally, and internationally -...

Duration:02:13:08

Why Bahá'ís Pray Facing Baha'u'llah: Iblis, Qiblih, and Anthropomorphism

7/5/2018
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In Islam it is categorically forbidden to pray to anything or anyone other than Almighty God. Everyday, when Bahá'ís performing their "Obligatory Prayer" or "Salát" or "Namáz", they face and prostrate towards Baha'u'llah's resting place and Shrine in Bahji, Israel. And technically it isn't to the Shrine as much as it is to Baha'u'llah Himself, because during the lifetime of Baha'u'llah, Bahá'ís turned to wherever He was residing, throughout His exiles. This, on the surface, seems to...

Duration:00:46:36

Is the Buddha Agnostic? God in Buddhism

7/4/2018
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A brief introductory study of God and gods according to the Buddhist scriptures. We also examine the Bahá'í Writings to shed light on its authenticity. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aDPDn3lSsDnUWj3POnaEZIZ9PlNdWdW7 YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ #bahai #bahaullah...

Duration:02:40:48

False Prophets: The Bible Teaches Independent Investigation

6/5/2018
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A brief introductory study of Biblical approach to Prophetic claims. We examine the warnings for false prophets in the Bible, then see what Jesus and the Bible teaches about Prophets, and our duty to sincerely independently investigate, whether or not the Bahá'í Faith is true. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9l0MPLsXeSZQlVtUktEbU1MTGc YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient...

Duration:00:47:53

Is the Bahá'í Faith a Utopian Vision? Empathizing with Incredulity

6/5/2018
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A brief introductory study of the objection "The Bahá'í vision of the future and solution to the world's problems are utopian and impossible to achieve." here we first look at the Bahá'í Writings and then offer some thoughts that may bridge the gap of understanding between us and the seeker. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9l0MPLsXeSZSGMxUE9iYjYtVEU YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic...

Duration:00:48:16

Are we Divine? Atman is Brahman

6/5/2018
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A brief introductory study of the Hindu teaching of "Atman is Brahman". How can this be reconciled with the Bahá'í Writings? Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9l0MPLsXeSZeGJoT1BWVXFTQ1E Bahá'í Cosmology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1'%C3%AD_cosmology YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:00:57:58

International Auxiliary Language: the Bahá'í Vision

6/5/2018
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A brief introductory study of the 'International Auxiliary Language' found in the Bahá'í Writings. What is it? How should it be established? What are its rules? Who can create it? etc. Sections: Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9l0MPLsXeSZYmNnTEY2U01WNW8 YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:00:21:46

Importance of Knowledge, Reason, and Independent Investigation in Bahá'í Writings

6/5/2018
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A brief introductory study on the concepts of knowledge, reason, and 'independent investigation of truth' found in the Bahá'í Writings. Sections: This audio streaming on SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/3KND1c Download MP3 and PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9l0MPLsXeSZcWdmLUVPSUV6VlE YouTube Patreon Facebook Instagram Twitter Official Bahá'í website Ambient music: “Celtic Music | Ancient Forest | Celtic Lute & Guitar Music” by Soul Candle License:...

Duration:02:32:16

35 Common Objections to the Bahá'í Faith

5/28/2018
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Baha’u’llah claims His Faith is the fulfillment of the long-awaited expectations of all the great religions, when all humanity will be united in “one universal cause, one common faith.” When all the races and people of the world will work together toward a single world order, where war will cease in a universal brotherhood. While beautiful , this is probably the biggest claim one can make. So it’s understandable that some would immediately put forward objections and doubt its validity;...

Duration:00:30:45