Moral Relativism and Baha'i

Moral Relativism and the Baha'i Message

I have been several days switching computers, having bought a new one. This is a much longer and more complex job than I had anticipated. Meanwhile, how to keep the Badi' list going? How's about this: our community had a thought-provoking deepening last Thursday night about attacks against the Baha'i Faith led by Joseph Woods. In passing, Joe mentioned the following article which is to be found on a Baha'i discussion forum, written by our Auxiliary Board Member:

A RESPONSE TO THE ARTICLE ON MORAL RELATIVISM by Shahkar Arjomand

{josquote}...our community had a thought-provoking deepening last Thursday night about attacks against the Baha'i Faith led by Joseph Woods.{/josquote}

This URL includes as well a response by the author being responded to, one Brendan Cook, who evidently is bound and determined to 'reform' the Baha'i Faith even before he enters it. Their arguments are detailed and inter-windingly complex. You can read it all for yourself at that web locale. To oversimplify, Arjomand says that spiritual law is like physical laws, unchanging; a cobra bite would kill the human body a thousand years ago, today, and a thousand years from now. Cook responds, rather subtly, that nothing is all that simple, that cobra venom in minute quantities is used in medicine, and that spiritual laws cannot be treated as simple, monolithic, unchanging entities either. This Cook fellow should consult a thesaurus, because his objection against simplicity that simple is too simple cannot stand unless his objection to Arjomand's simplicity is that it is reductionist.


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