[quote author=“Susan Rubin”]I am interested in learning about the author’s opinon (and other readers) about the Bahai faith. It seems that the tenets of these teachings are much more tolerant and actually do promote progress. I am not much of a scholar of Bahai, but it seems to the observer, that they may be on the right track.
In many respects, the Bahai seem to be less onerous than other religions, but, on closer inspection, I believe them to suffer from the same fundamental flaws.
Ultimately, the Bahai still believe in revealed knowledge, which, as has been discussed at great lengths in these forums, is fundamentally irrational.
A few of the major problems that currently exist with the Bahai:
1. The Bahai do not tolerate dissent. Bahai are required to seek permission of the council before publishing works on the Bahai faith. Bahai who go against the Bahai teachings are considered “Covenant-Breakers” and are to be shunned by other Bahai.
2. The Bahai do not allow women to serve in some positions of authority.
3. The Bahai enforce strict prohibitions on extramarital sex, and consider homosexual sex to be strictly forbidden.
4. The Bahai feel that marriage should only be entered into after recieving the permission of all living parents.
5. The Bahai prohibit all drugs and alcohol, except by prescription of a licensed doctor.
My problem isn’t with these stances, per se (although I disagree with all of them), but rather with why the Bahai believe them. The Bahai feel that they have a prophet who has expanded on the work of others (Jesus, Mohammed, etc.) who came before. The Bahai also explicity believe that there will be more prophets in the future, who will bring new revelations. This sort of thing leaves them open to all sorts of potential craziness.
It is my opinion, no doubt shared by many, although I can only speak for myself, that good intentions for a better world simply do not “cut it” as the kids today would say. Incorrect beliefs, and flawed reasoning lead to mistakes. The values and the methodology need to be as correct as possible.