Being unaffiliated

"So, Like, Are You a Christian?"

test,multiple choice

Because I am a theologian, this is a question I get a lot.

I have to admit, I find the question vastly dull. That's because the question presumes that when I have religious desires, they look something like this:

But really, when I have religious desires, they start out looking more like...

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Tips for the Solitary Baha’i

{josquote}Being a Bahá’í has nothing to do with signing a piece of paper. Being a Bahá’í is about following the tenets of Baha’u'llah and recognizing Him as the prophet for this day and age.{/josquote}

I have gone on a blogging hiatus that has coincided with my “break” from the Bahá’í Faith. This break has occurred because of some issues I have had difficulty reconciling that I am sorting out. The dogma has me bogged down and I am trying to get back up, so to speak. I have considered what it has been like being a “solitary Bahá’í”.If there are people like me out there who choose being a Bahá’í solo, they have probably done their research. I’d like to offer my own tips.

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Unitarian Baha'is?

BP is for Blessed Perfection
The mystical 18-pointed star
("bp" is for "Blessed Perfection")

Who are these “Unitarian Bahá’í” we’ve been hearing about?

If a theological unitarianism is meant, why use the term “Unitarian Bahá’í” at all? Have you ever met an avowed trinitarian Bahá’í?

If we are to take the term seriously, we ought to seek to understand its meaning in context. The term has come to be associated with the Behaists, an early 20th Century Bahá’í splinter group whose distinguishing doctrine was a rejection of the divinity, i.e. infallibility, of `Abdu’l-Bahá’, the leader of the Bahá’í religion at the time. The point, then, of using the term “unitarian” in this context, is to indicate a rejection of the divinity (infallibility) of any man. This makes sense, for the deification of any man is tantamount to polytheism.

The problem I’ve always had with the Behaists calling themselves Unitarians is that they never had a problem deifying Bahá’u'lláh himself.

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Blessed Is The Spot

May 29th - The Ascension of Baha'u'llah

"Blessed is the spot,
and the house,
and the place,
and the city,
and the heart,
and the mountain,
and the refuge,
and the cave,
and the valley,
and the land,
and the sea,
and the island,
and the meadow
where mention of God hath been made
and His praise glorified.
- Baha'u'llah

One of my favorite spots in Chicago is the Baha'i House of Worship - also known as the "Baha'i Temple" - in Wilmette, on the North Shore. I feel more at peace with myself and the universe whenever I go there.

The Baha'i House of Worship is not only a beautiful work of architecture and a symbol of religious unity. It is also the place where I began my journey as a spiritual seeker.

The Promise of Unity

What drew me to the Baha'i Faith initially, eventually drove me away from it later.

Let me explain.......

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Practising Two Religions at Once?

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In "Life of Pi" the young boy goes to Muslim prayers Friday, Jewish synagogue on Saturday,  and Christian worship on Sunday. He talks to the rabbi, imam and priest and all consider him to be a devout child until they find out that he is also participating in the other religions and then all three label him a heretic and forbid him to participate further in their religion.

Recently a Bahai man participated in the membership classes at our church. He and his wife live in the nieghbourhood and have been attending worship regularly. They wanted to get their young daughter baptised. He decided to become a member of the Christian church but did not want to if he was going to have to stop being a Bahai. Could he be a member of two religions?

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