Apologetics: Baha'i and Other

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  1. RonPrice macrumors newbie

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    Apologetics is a branch of systematic theology, although some experience it’s thrust in religious studies or philosophy of religion courses. Some encounter it on the internet for the first time in a more populist and usually much less academic form. As I see it, apologetics is primarily concerned with the protection of a religious position, the refutation of that position's assailants and, in the larger sense, the exploration of that position in the context of prevailing philosophies and standards in a secular society. Apologetics, to put it slightly differently, is concerned with answering critical inquiries, criticism of a position, in a rational manner. Apologetics is not possible, it seems to me anyway, without a commitment to and a desire to defend a position. For me, the core of my position I could express in one phrase: the Baha'i Revelation. With that said, though, the activity I engage in, namely, apologetics, is a never ending exercise. :cool:

    The apologetics that concerns me is not so much Christian apologetics or one of a variety of what might be called secular apologetics, but Baha'i apologetics. There are many points of comparison and contrast, though, which I won't go into here. Christians will have the opportunity to defend Christianity by the use of apologetics; secular humanists can argue their cases if they so desire here. And I will in turn defend the Baha'i Faith by the use of apologetics. In the process we will both, hopefully, learn something about our respective Faiths, our religions, which we hold to our hearts dearly.

    At the outset, then, in this my first posting, my intention is simply to make this start, to state what you might call "my apologetics position." This brief statement indicates, in broad outline, where I am coming from in the weeks and months ahead. -Ron Price with thanks to Udo Schaefer, "Baha'i Apologetics?" Baha'i Studies Review, Vol. 10, 2001/2002.
     
  2. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    and i am unapologetically opposed to your position;)
     
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    The very term "apologetics" infers that your position is under attack from some quarter. You may have to be slightly more forthcoming about what your position entails in order to generate any opposition here. I await your first provocative sally with bated breath.
     
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    Scope is an effective mouthwash, "bated breath" can be so unseemly, you rascal.
     
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    "Bated" is a contraction of "abated", i.e. lessened or restrained, so I would have thought any halitosis-related problems might be "bated" as well.
     
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    He seems to have a Dell for a start. However since he is a Baha'i, I would expect all the provocation of a feathered glove lightly brushed across the face :p

    And technically speaking shouldn't this be in the R/P subforum?
     
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    The OP doesn't have enough posts to be able to do this...
     
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    It's too early on a Sunday for word games. :mad:
     
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    Not on this side of the Pond. :)
     
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    Posthaste, get thee to a nunnery!
     
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    All right. Out in the garden with a bottle of booze, it's too hot and taxing for word games.
     
  12. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    I Think I just fell in love :p
     
  13. skunk macrumors G4

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    Shouldn't "taxing" be in brackets?
     
  14. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Thought this would eventually get the rite of passage into the PRSI, thus eliminating the OP without minimum post requirement from participation and discussion. Does Baha'i apologetic make room for Catch 22s? :D
     
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    This is Catch 22! and i like it!
     
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    Baha'i, apologetic or not, makes room for everyone. And that's exactly why I don't think they will achieve much in the end, even if it promotes some worthy causes. As a religion, given human nature you need to be fundamentalist about something, and they're basically fundamentalist about not being fundamentalist.
     
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    Syncretism is as old as Plutarch and as nail-bitingly exciting as Erasmus.
     
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    Exactly.

    Shame our friend went all born-again on us with some textual runny-ness after this post.
     
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    Do I understand this correctly, the OP is planning to host a discussion between interested members, about the difference between the dogma of various religions? He will apologize for Bahai and other will do the same for their religion?
     
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    Should be entertaining anyway. Apologies are overdue.
     
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    I believe that's essentially it, but it will undoubtedly become just another train wreck thread - Bearing in mind the other post, I think I can already see the poster's intentions.
     
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    What 'other post'?
     

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