Section 1-3

Understanding Materialism


Is generally very loosely defined. (e.g., referring to the quality of a person who likes, or even obsesses about material objects).

Dogmatic Materialism:

An exclusive framing of all questions and inquiries in purely material terms. The net result is that you cannot introduce any elements of spirituality into things such as economics, academic settings, serious political discussions, etc., without being seen as hopelessly naïve.
The unhappiness and unrest so prevalent today isn’t coming from material development, but rather the fact that the price of this reckless and shortsighted approach to development has been to cut out the spiritual side of things. Dogmatic materialism has simply lopped off a whole chunk of reality.
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One Common Faith

Prepared in 2005 under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice, this commentary reviews relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of the contemporary religious crisis. (source: link)