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Old 09-20-2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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Worldview Questions

Seven Basic Worldview QuestionsJames Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamentalorientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set ofpresuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirelyfalse) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.”* He assertsthat to understand the concept of worldview, we must answer thefollowing questions
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?
 
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:12 PM   #2
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•What is prime reality?
Who knows??

•What is the nature of the world around us?
Who knows??

•What is a human being?
Who knows??

•What happens to a person at death?
Who knows??

•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
How can you know it is not possible to know anything at all??

•How do we know what is right and wrong?
The concept of Unity would assert that the division between right and wrong would be illusory. See 'Abdul Baha's The Nonexistence of Evil

•What is the meaning of human history?
Must things always have "meaning"?? Can they not simply be??

Hmmm. Seems my background in Taoism is showing today. You may want to wait for a less... Walrusy member to give more normal answers.
 
Old 09-20-2016, 01:47 PM   #3
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Seven Basic Worldview QuestionsJames Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamentalorientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set ofpresuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirelyfalse) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.”* He assertsthat to understand the concept of worldview, we must answer thefollowing questions
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?
How can one answer questions for which there is no definitive answer?
 
Old 09-20-2016, 04:20 PM   #4
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Seven Basic Worldview QuestionsJames Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamentalorientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set ofpresuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirelyfalse) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.”* He assertsthat to understand the concept of worldview, we must answer thefollowing questions
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?
Well, we have books dedicated to each of those subjects. I just have to take a deep breath, because the issues are so enormous.

gnat
 
Old 09-20-2016, 08:28 PM   #5
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The worldview is the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

It's a collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.
These questions are from my Philosophy class. I'm able to answer from a Christian view but need to explore another religion I picked Baha'i. I thought someone here would help me understand the faith.
 
Old 09-21-2016, 01:12 AM   #6
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Greetings Iraola,

The questions I am aware of that James Sire posed are very similar to those you have asked here. I will include them below because they might be of assistance to other readers here that may wish to respond to you because some are phrased slightly differently.

1. What is the Prime Reality (The nature of God)?
2. What am I?
3. What happens to a person at death?
4. Why is it possible for us to know anything at all?
5. How do we know what is right and wrong?
6. What is my purpose in life?
7. What is the nature of my relationship with the Prime Reality?

Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, does assist us to relate to some of these questions. However, in relationship to understanding the soul - which is the core issue behind these questions - He explained that the comprehension of the soul is beyond us. Indeed, to put this into perspective, He once explained that should mankind be granted an eternity to discuss the nature of the soul, we would be no closer to understanding it. This is why you will never find an informed Bahá'í seeking to explain the nature of the soul to another person. Hopefully it may put some of the responses offered to you by other users into mature context. They are simply being polite. We are all equal before God because we are all equal in our ignorance about the soul. It is the recognition of this fact that unites us and brings us closer together. I think this may have been what James Sire was attempting to convey to people with his questions and this might explain why your teacher has posed you with the challenge of comparing how believers in two religions will respond to such questions.

The subject of philosophy is complex because from a religious standpoint it can be argued it is about studying the soul. I realise it may not look that way from your perspective at this time, but the more you read on the subject the more you will come to understand that like religion, philosophy is about trying to understand a number of pressing questions we may have about life.

Bahá'ís are extremely diverse because we come from all religious traditions and all cultures from around the world. We incorporate these values into the Bahá'í Community and this might help to explain why it feels like being a part of global culture when we attend international events. To help put this into perspective the video at the end of this post might help you to appreciate the general Bahá'í perspective in ways that words can never truly convey. I hope this might help you to appreciate the diversity of the way Bahá'ís view the world

Earth

The Precession of Nations - Bahá'í World Congress, 1992 (The 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Bahá'u'lláh).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6AjTy5gUrjY

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Old 09-21-2016, 12:21 PM   #7
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The worldview is the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

It's a collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.
These questions are from my Philosophy class. I'm able to answer from a Christian view but need to explore another religion I picked Baha'i. I thought someone here would help me understand the faith.
From my "Frame of Reference" I see that your questions have many passages of explanation in the Writings of this Faith. Thus it could be we could all benefit from consulting on them.

I am but a labourer and philosophy is mumble jumble to me. Love is to me the Key. It is the binder that holds everything together, it is the key and could be the answer to all tje questions.

Have no time this morning, if you wish will explore each question with quotes from the Baha'i Writings.

Abul'baha has written a "Tablet of the Universe". It is an amazing tablet on Spiritual and Material creation, will post a link later, it will give an infinity of ideas on all those questions.

Regards Tony
 
Old 09-21-2016, 12:28 PM   #8
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Also what are the views of euthanasia?
On this one it is unlawful for a Baha'i to take their own life or any others life.

I would then consider my view to be "May Gods Will be Done".

In pain and suffering there is much yet to be understood.

Regards Tony
 
Old 09-21-2016, 04:36 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=iraida;75135
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?[/QUOTE]


Dear friend, as you can see from the various responses here, we may consider it nearly impossible to provide definitive answers to these questions. Well, I will attempt to do the impossible and provide concise answers.

The Prime Reality is God.

The world around us is both material and spiritual. Only the material aspects can be seen. All is created by God.

A human beings truest nature is spiritual, although in our present earthly existence most people ignore that aspect of ourselves. In the material world we learn and grow, and prepare for our eternal spiritual life.

At death, we lose the material existence, and continue as spiritual beings. The degree and state of our existence depends mostly on how we have prepared for it in our earthly lives.

We can know things because God has created us to be able to know things. Most of the human powers of perception are a function of the soul, they are augmented in our earthly existence by a healthy brain and body, but without the soul the body is an empty shell.

God has provided us spiritual guidance by way of religious teachings, which unfortunately become diluted and confused over time, which is why God has renewed religion by sending new Prophets and Messengers in each age. We also have an inherent sense of justice and shame, if we are spiritually healthy.

The significance of human history is the continual progress since we evolved on this earth (under God's guidance), under the influence of His Prophets and Messengers.

Cheers!
 
Old 09-21-2016, 07:03 PM   #10
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Thank you for your replies.
 
Old 09-23-2016, 01:06 AM   #11
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Seven Basic Worldview QuestionsJames Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamentalorientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set ofpresuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirelyfalse) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.”* He assertsthat to understand the concept of worldview, we must answer thefollowing questions
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?
Iraida, you may find the following talks quite helpful:

(start with this one and move along)

If you wish to study a lot more in depth then I recommend this entire course. This one is remarkably fascinating:

https://soundcloud.com/khelabaskett/...-new-narrative

Hope it helps
Kam
 
Old 09-23-2016, 01:31 PM   #12
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Seven Basic Worldview QuestionsJames Sire defines a worldview as “a commitment, a fundamentalorientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set ofpresuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirelyfalse) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently orinconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides thefoundation on which we live and move and have our being.”* He assertsthat to understand the concept of worldview, we must answer thefollowing questions
:•What is prime reality?
•What is the nature of the world around us?
•What is a human being?
•What happens to a person at death?
•Why is it possible to know anything at all?
•How do we know what is right and wrong?
•What is the meaning of human history?**

What is the Bahai faith perspective of these questions?
Also what are the views of euthanasia?
It was quite funny, yesterday I attempted an answer to your questions and after all done I submitted the post and it dissapeared!

When that happened I guessed I was to change my Worldview.

Thus maybe I can answer instead by stating what will give foundation to Ones Worldview instead

The foundation of all our views is when we recognise the Source of the Prime Reality, not what it is but what it has given to guide us. What is given is a life as an example for us and Words that are a reflecrion of that life and offer guidence into the future.

What is given becomes the source of the answer to all those questions.

Thus in the Case of a Bahai, the Writings of the Baha'i Faith have indeed given us many thoughts on the above questions. The answers to which I encourage you to look up.

The Prime source are the Bab and Baha'u'llah and authority of interpretation of these sources was given to the writings of Abdul'baha and Shoghi Effendi.

The answers will have much greater meaning if one pursues them from the source.

Regards Tony

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