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by Sean H.
Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

M. Scott Peck's "people of the lie"

richard, warm-fuzzy-huggy pluralism and relativism have their limits, at least from an Integral perspective. In order to stop attacks based on false accusations of spiritual unworthiness, firmness and resolve is required. The people doing the attacking are in a state of psychic chaos that is immune ...
by Sean H.
Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: a member of The Universal House of Justice
Replies: 6
Views: 10275

Abdu'l-Baha on the dangers of leadership

--- "No obstacle should be placed before any soul which might prevent it from finding the truth. Baha'u'llah revealed his directions, teachings and laws so that souls might know God, and not that any utterance might become an obstacle in their way. Holding to the letter of the law is many times an i...
by Sean H.
Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

inquisitions in the Baha'i community

Abdu'l-Baha: "Holding to the letter of the law is many times an indication of a desire for leadership. One who assumes to be the enforcer of the law shows an intellectual understanding of the Cause, but that spiritual guidance in them is not yet established. . . . How regrettable! Some even use the ...
by Sean H.
Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are baha'is against individuality and freedom of thought?
Replies: 16
Views: 24017

role of individualism in social evolution, modernism

Pre-modern religious traditions are usually conformist, depend on a set of "universal archetypes" (metaphysics), and so forth. Much of Baha'i scripture uses the traditional context of "sufi" metaphysics and other similar forms of Islamic "esotericism". One of the characteristics of the "conditions o...
by Sean H.
Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

assemblies "brought to naught"

Correcting some typos just after posting the following...... THE KITÁB-I-AQDAS http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KA/ka-4.html The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who representeth the Godhead ...
by Sean H.
Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: About Baha'i Library
Topic: ?Young lady in distress, or even danger?
Replies: 5
Views: 20333

richard: Maslow and Graves

richard, As usual, I greatly enjoyed your comments, and was especially pleased to see that you've studied Maslow's ideas about spirituality and personal transformation! As you may know, Maslow spent years arguing theory with Clare Graves, the "inventor" of the ideas used in Spiral Dynamics, and even...
by Sean H.
Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What does Baha'i say about Christ as the only way to God?
Replies: 27
Views: 37686

did anyone actually read Fazel and Fananapazir?

Did anyone read the following articles? If so, what did you think of the concerpts of exclusivism vs. pluralism? Does someone need to supply specific excerpts that might be worth discussing in more detail? Thanks, Eric The best article on this topic is Seena Fazel and Khazeh Fananapazir's "A Bahá'í ...
by Sean H.
Fri Aug 11, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

sorry if I sounded harsh

To BW and other readers, Sorry if my criticism sounded overly harsh. I think it is a mistake for Baha'is to adopt a belief system (interpretation of Baha'i scripture) that is a variant of the old "Jesus is the only Way to Salvation" thing. - - - http://bahai-library.com/compilations/bahai.scriptures...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

Re: State of Israel result of British Mandate

WILBER EXCERPTS: . . . The reality of course is that the "clash of civilizations" is at full bloom in the middle east, both "sides" (pro-western/anti-western) tend to have highly elaborated and complex polemics that distort the "facts" and make it difficult for outsiders to see what is going on at d...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

Re: State of Israel result of British Mandate

I don't mean to intervene here, but if I can respond to a comment: It appears that the best theory upon wich to base a World Federation will be based on something "beyond" liberalism/progressivism, namely Integralism (which has an "evolutionary"/scientific view of spirituality). Here is an example ...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

State of Israel result of British Mandate

Richard, Feel free to blast away with any criticism, otherwise I can't learn what , or how, other people think, and thus improve my own understanding. (I'm no expert, I'm just saying what I've learned from bits and pieces over the years.) Israel as a "modern" state came about in the wake of the brea...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can a Baha'i Believe in Scientific Racism???
Replies: 23
Views: 29615

Re: Can a Baha'i Believe in Scientific Racism???

'Abdu'l-Baha comments on page 9 of his "Secret of Divine Civilization" that the Persian race (Aryans) "have always excelled all other peoples in endowments conferred by birth": "It should not be imagined that the people of Persia are inherently deficient in intelligence, or that for essential perce...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

need for "integrative paradigms"

hi richard, seeking larger context is always good, seeking more information, regardless of the filtering effects of one's paradigm, is always good. as stated before, the problem that "progressives" have (including the "commercial" counterculture such as Amazon.com) is that their paradigm is pluralis...
by Sean H.
Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 44696

Thanks! "Tag team from hell: narciccism and nihilism&qu

bias disclosure: I'm a critic of both the Baha'i left and the radical/extremist/corrupted forms of leftism in general. My father had a major role as a high level USAF officer supplying Israel with armaments during the early 1970s conflicts with arab states. Sheila, Thanks very much for posting this ...
by Sean H.
Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

a matter of perspective?

Well, the reality is that the Universal House of Justice was established (in Baha'i scripture) to prevent schism, so they are the only "official" source of information on what is an "attack on the Faith", and what isn't. The Universal House of Justice has clearly identified the author as being someo...
by Sean H.
Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can a Baha'i Believe in Scientific Racism???
Replies: 23
Views: 29615

(repeat) "Race deniers" are scientifically incorre

re: [reid]"Much of this discussion has presumed clearly-defined races of the human species as traditionally understood" That is incorrect. Most/many of the posts properly nuanced the issue, but it *is* correct to point out that "mixing" (and other problems) renders a lot of the issue of so called "r...
by Sean H.
Fri Jul 07, 2006 6:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

Thanks Jonah!

Jonah,

Thanks for clarifying the rules.

I'm replying to ~talmont's email seperately.

Regards,
Eric
by Sean H.
Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

Re: "infallability" designed to prevent schism, or

...an article that is, at least according to the Universal House of Justice, an attack on Baha'i institutions so severe that it resulted in the author having her membership in the Baha'i community removed. Nonsense. The article was written years after the author had her membership removed. You are ...
by Sean H.
Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

specific cases

I don't think it is a good idea to talk about specific cases in this forum, it is useless, we will not arrive anywhere. - - - The fact is that the URL to the article was posted. Not excerpts from the writings, or analysis/commentary about the writings, but a convoluted article (full of ideological ...
by Sean H.
Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

?designed to prevent schism, factionalizing?

Like I said before:

In any case, I'm sure that it would be extremely easy to find the quotes that support the idea that the "infallibility" doctrine was, on a practical level, designed to prevent schism, factionalizing and internal corruption.

Regards,
Eric
by Sean H.
Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:04 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can a Baha'i Believe in Scientific Racism???
Replies: 23
Views: 29615

sensitivity fascism

The problem with obsessing about someone possibly being "offended" by something in science is that there is a culture of political correctness that is being spread via "diversity" programs that actively seeks to completely derail the validity of scientific reasoning. And that situation is going to l...
by Sean H.
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

Re: Intrested in Bacoming a Baha'i

talmont, It wasn't clear what you were saying (about LSAs???) up to the following: "[Side unconfirmed ex-Baha'i, I would love to have a further discussion with you concerning some of the issues you made have/be having ... either as a Baha'i or not you seem to need some healing.]" Why would you love ...
by Sean H.
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

"infallability" designed to prevent schism, or not

Steve, You are the one that posted an ad hominem and is bullying. The "subject line" you inserted is completely inappropriate. It always amazes me that the people on the Bahai left that complain about free speech and not being allowed full access to criticize Baha'i institutions are so easy to attac...
by Sean H.
Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Sign the petition to outlaw OPEC
Replies: 0
Views: 7087

progressivism will kill 1/2 the people on planet earth?

I'm no expert, but that seems like a vast oversimplification. Rising industrialism (requiring oil) in China, India, etc. are probably as important a factor. If OPEC wasn't in operation (and protected by US military), the alternative, an islamofascist Caliphate, would be probably trying to destroy th...
by Sean H.
Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

Statement of bias: I'm a vocal critic of the many dysfunctional tendencies of the Baha'i left. As a voluntary ex-Baha'i, I have no opinion on the validity of the central theological issues of infallability, but to be frank, I'm pretty skeptical about such notions. - - - On the the main point: My und...
by Sean H.
Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues
Replies: 15
Views: 23600

Eric and Steve's discussion of "corruption" issues

<b>Note from moderator:</b> the following discussion was split off from the post http://bahai-library.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?t=854 . Please see my first post at that link for my guidelines on what's acceptable content here. Thanks, -Jonah <hr> Jonah said: "I don't want this forum to be a platform ...

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