Dying for God

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Dying for God

Postby jenniferatemple » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:09 pm

I just finished reading this paper. It has occurred to me that a case could be made that the official opposition to the Baha'is in Iran are in fact a favor. I say this in light of chapter 3, "MARTYRDOM AND SUFFERING IN SHIISM". I know it sounds nuts, but is it not possible that the attitudes might change if they thought they were actually bringing their victims closer to God based on their own beliefs?

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Re: Dying for God

Postby Jonah » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:09 am

One could certainly make that case, I think! I wish I could offer more insight, but I haven't thought much about the topic in the 18 years since I wrote that paper.

To be honest, I chose that topic and wrote about it largely because I had to work through my own feelings and thoughts about the Faith's relationship to Islam, to Shi'ism, and to the recurrent themes of suffering in this and other religions. It was a sort of personal catharsis. But after spending a year researching and writing it, I had my questions answered and my concerns quieted, and I could move on. ;-)

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