Bahá'í Ethics in Light of Scripture: Doctrinal fundamentals

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Udo Schaefer, Jul 1, 2008 - Religion - 428 pages
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There is a fundamental discrepancy between man as he is and man as he could be, if only he recognized his true being and purpose. Ethics is the discipline by which man can understand how he can pass from the first condition to the second. Udo Schaefer's Baha'i Ethics in Light of Scripture is an attempt to analyse the underlying structures and detect the interior architecture of the Baha'i moral system and is a step towards developing a Baha'i moral theology. Doctrinal Fundamentals, the first of two volumes, provides a historical overview of the Baha'i Faith, a systematic survey of it doctrines and an overview of the origin and derivation of moral values. It considers the metaphysical nature of human beings and human responsibilities, looks at reason and conscience, and explores liberty and its limits. Schaefer's second volume deals with concrete values - the virtues, divine commandments and principles of social ethics from a Baha'i perspective.
  

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Contents

A Historical Overview
1
A Systematic Survey
7
The Resurgence
101
Exordium
119
On the Origin Derivation and Theological
143
The Metaphysical Nature of Man
169
Mans Responsibility
211
Reason and Conscience
257
Liberty and its Limits
313
General Outline
331
Appendix
341
Bibliography
357
Index of Names
385
General Index
391
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