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Ecumenism of Baha’i World Faith — 1 Comment

  1. Hello and thank you for your ideas!
    I wanted to leave a comment to point out some disagreements I have.
    Firstly, please note that Baha’u’llah never explicitly included Hinduism or Buddhism within his Writings. Therefore it is rather misleading to claim:”Bahá’u’lláh … claimed to be the expected redeemer and teacher prophesied in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions and that his mission was to establish a firm basis for unity throughout the world, and inaugurate an age of peace and justice, which Bahá’ís expect will inevitably arise.” Shoghi Effendi would later qualify Hinduism within the explicit Baha’i conception of the “oneness of religion,” as he systematically led the Faith’s global expansion.
    This brings me to my second point, you claim that ” Other religions which are not specifically named in the writings–such as Taoism, Sikhism, or Native American religions–are nevertheless acknowledged to contain genuine spiritual influences.” This is also erroneous, as such practices are explicitly mentioned by Effendi. That of course assumes that you include Effendi’s work within the category of “the writings.” Without any elucidation to what you are referring to when you say “the writings,” (notably, no capitalization) and with this being a continuation from the previous sentence’s subject “The Baha’i Faith,” I assume that you would include Effendi’s writings, as he was the primary figure in the institutionalization of “The Baha’i Faith.” In Effendi’s writings he explicitly excludes of the religious/philosophical communities that you mention from the Baha’i conception of Manifestations, which is surely notable.
    Finally, you link polytheism with Krishna, another false statement. The characterization of Hinduism as”polytheistic” is a product of 20th century religious studies scholarship, often used as a tactic to reduce the status of Hinduism, when compared with “monotheistic” Christianity. Therefore your essentialization of Krnsa bringing about polytheism is not only false but problematic given your perspective and the history of religious studies.
    I hope these comments help you!
    Best

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