Subject: Unit 3
From: Lee & Kamyar
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 02:05:31 -0400
To: ocf@wilmetteinstitute.org

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 
religions.

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 
reversal"?

          If past religions cannot serve as "ultimate guide for 
humankind", what will their role be?


Looking forward to reading the supplementary material and others' 
insights/questions.

Take care,    Lee