Section 1-4

Results of Dogmatic Materialism


Early in the twentieth century, a materialistic interpretation of reality had consolidated itself so completely as to become the dominant world faith insofar as the direction of society was concerned. In the process, the civilizing of human nature had been violently wrenched out of the orbit it had followed for millennia.


This posture was reinforced by the assumption that the values, ideals and disciplines cultivated over the centuries were now reliably fixed and enduring features of human nature. They needed merely to be refined by education and reinforced by legislative action. The moral legacy of the past was just that: humanity’s indefeasible inheritance, requiring no further religious interventions. Admittedly, undisciplined individuals, groups

  1. Human nature violently wrenched out of the orbit it had followed for millennia
  2. Religion judged “a fiction” at best (or even an opiate)—inhibiting human progress
  3. All fundamental issues now solved through rational experimentation and discourse
  4. The moral legacy of the past now “fixed”—requiring no further religious interventions
  5. Confidence in a "universal civilization" inspired by a secular conception 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)