[A-List] Bahais: what about some dialectic materialism in search of an explanation?
critical.montages at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 12:35:03 MDT 2007
On 8/5/07, The Buffalo In Da' Midst <the.buffalo.in.the.midst at gmail.com> wrote:
> Clipped from jCole:
> "Baha'is who drink alcohol, gamble, have an affair or live
> together out of wedlock, engage in homosexuality or politics, or use
> drugs in such a way that it comes to the attention of their local
> There should be a comma thusly:
> "...in homosexuality or politics, or use drugs[,] in such a way that
> it comes to the attention of their local community.
> ...for emphasis on 'attention of their local community.'
> IOW, don't be disruptive of the local universe or it might spill over
> into the larger...
> Juan Cole, as Informed as he might be, is still American, with an
> innate American understanding of 'community' as it is NOT understood
> anywhere else so I just wanted to point that out.
Many religions, even minor ones like the Baha'i faith, span the globe
in a way that no school of left-wing politics does today. A
globe-spanning religion encompasses adherents form both rich and poor
nations, so it tends to develop fascinating conflicts and
contradictions within, for adherents from richer nations tend to be
more liberal on such questions as gender and sexuality than those from
poorer nations, and their respective notions of community are no doubt
at odds with each other.
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