Papers delivered at the ‘Irfán Colloquium Session #86 (English)

Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, Michigan USA

October 9–12, 2008.

Bahá'í Worldview on Unity of Religions, The: The Application of Principles and Insights from History

by Jena Khadem Khodadad

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Baha'i Perspectives on Human Rights

by Marianne Geula


Comparative Study of Early American Baha'is interpretation of Bible and Interpretations in Some Answered Questions, A

by Robert Stockman


Iranian Baha'is from Jewish Background: Recipients of Collective and Individual Tablets

by Arsalan Geula


Laura Barney Dreyfus, Author of Some Answered Questions

by Mona Khademi


Queen Mary of Romania and the Baha'i Faith

by Laleh Shahriari


Revelation and Reason in Some Answered Questions: A Correlation Method for Science and Religion Dialogue

by Behrouz Sabet


Some Answered Questions: Educational and Psychological Perspectives

by Iraj Ayman


Some Answered Questions: A Philosophical Perspective

by Ian Kluge

By identifying and examining the philosophical positions explicitly and implicitly embedded in Some Answered Questions, this paper calls attention to the philosophical foundations of the Bahá'í teachings. The goal is to understand these teachings philosophically, as distinct from understanding them historically or theologically for example. The areas covered are ontology, onto-theology, epistemology, philosophical anthropology and psychology, and personal and social ethics. This paper also identifies those philosophical views with which the positions taken in Some Answered Questions have the greatest natural affinity.
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Some mystical themes in Some Answered Questions

by Mozhan Khadem


Spiritual Impact of Story Telling: A Psychological Analysis

by Keyvan Geula

The phenomenon of telling and listening to stories is as old as the history of civilization. The great civilizers of humanity; its divine teachers have used story telling to educate and transform human reality. The stories of Job and Joseph have been revisited in the Bible, Quran and the Bahá'í Writings to teach us about the dual nature of human reality and the ways we handle ourselves in crisis and victory.

In recent years story telling has become a powerful means of political and social change. Science is discovering the power of story in teaching a verity of concepts including math, physics, chemistry, etc. Psychology in particular has found the magical powers of the narrative and story to be a powerful tool to deal with mental diseases especially trauma and how story can help us redefine our story and find our powers.

In this presentation we explore:
  • What is the definition of story?
  • Why does human brain enjoy stories and what does this affinity do for the positive or negative power of story?
  • How do the emotional and cognitive effects of a narrative influence the work of the mind in psychotherapy and help change our thoughts, views, feelings, beliefs and real-world decisions?
  • Why and how the messengers of God have used the power of story and narrative to teach, guide and protect human reality?
  • How story can help with the integration of science and religion; spirituality and psychotherapy
  • What are the implications of story in the work of the oneness of humanity and our ever advancing civilization?
  • What are some of the examples of use of story and narrative in Bahá'í prayers and Teachings?