Baha'i Ethics in Light of Scripture, Vol. 1

Baha'i Ethics in Light of Scripture, Vol. 1

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This major study is a step towards developing a Bahá'í moral theology.

There is a fundamental discrepancy between "man" as he is and "man" as he could be, if only he recognised 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.

Ethics deals with the image of man: his freedom, moral responsibility and dignity, asking, What is human nature? What is the purpose of life? What is the highest good of human conduct and what are its sanctions?

Ethics also seeks the origin, derivation and vindication of moral values, asking, What is the ultimate standard of right or wrong? Are there universally recognised moral principles of good and evil, right and wrong? Where do they come from, how are they recognised and why should they be binding on me?

Ethics also tries to find answers to the questions, What shall I do? How should human beings live in order to become happy? What is virtue? What prompts right conduct?

Revelatory ethics – ethics as an expression of the divine will – asks about the relationships between reason and revelation, freedom and law, liberty and obedience, the virtues and divine commandments, virtues and vices and sin.

Udo Schaefer’s Bahá’í Ethics in Light of Scripture is an attempt to analyse the underlying structures and detect the interior architecture of the Bahá’í moral system and is a step towards developing a Bahá’í moral theology. Doctrinal Fundamentals, the first of two volumes, provides a historical overview of the Bahá'í 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.


Author: Udo Schaefer.

Format: Hardcover book, 432 pages, 16 x 23 cm.

Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2015.