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ERIC Number: ED407300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 19
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The Baha'i View of the Educated Person: A Case Study in Religious Education.
Reagan, Timothy
This paper attempts to provide some insight into the Baha'i conception of education, with a particular focus on the way that Baha'is conceive of an "educated person." In spite of the growth of the Baha'i faith in recent years, this, the youngest of the monotheistic religions, remains little known and even less understood as a religious community. As a result, the educational thought and practice of the Baha'is also has been overlooked. Relying on both the extensive body of writings of Baha'u'llah, 'Abdu'l-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi, as well as the secondary Baha'i sources concerned explicitly with education and related topics, the paper begins with a brief overview of the Baha'i faith, focusing on its social teachings and commitment and its historical and theological context. The social teachings feature nine principles of faith, including the oneness of humanity, the elimination of prejudice in all forms, and universal education. Education is seen as both of instrumental value and of spiritual value. The educational ideals and goals of the Baha'i community are discussed with the conceptualization of the "educated person" for that community. Contains 32 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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