Well, I just finished my first read-through of Unit 3, and, as usual, it
raised some questions for me. Here goes:
¶13 - What are the evidences (to an informed observer, which I may not
qualify as) of a stimulated reflection about reality?
¶14 - What "meaning(s)" did previous world views provide that global
integration now calls into question?
¶15 - Is there a summary of Baha'u'llah's messages to the leaders of the
world? [I just don't think I can bring myself to read them all right
now, though it seems it would be helpful context to have]
¶16 - What do the scriptures say about "the Day of Resurrection"?
¶17 - Is there a summary of world history (preferably in "chart" format)
that illustrates the impact of each Manifestation (and His community of
followers) on civilization? [again, seems essential to understand
before teaching about the process and what religion has to offer]
¶18 - (This'll probably addressed later, but...) Can we (and if so, how)
help religious people (including Baha'is) to throw the "bath water"
(doctrine, dogma, blind imitation, etc.) out to help redeem the "baby"
(scripture) in the eyes of a jaded public? [calls for quite a degree
of religious honesty and introspection]
¶19 - How do we ensure that the Baha'i Faith won't suffer the same fate
as past religions -- seeming "irrelevant" to modern life? [perhaps
there's some guidance in the Tablet of the Holy Mariner?] I suppose we
need to understand what caused the "failure to stay relevant" in other
¶20 - Seems interfaith dialogue may have a role in helping to discern
"bathwater" from "baby", but...
¶21 - Does "throwing the bathwater out" count as an "attempt to force a
If past religions cannot serve as "ultimate guide for
humankind", what will their role be?
Looking forward to reading the supplementary material and others'
Take care, Lee