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Holy War? A Millennium Hasn’t Taught Us Much.

Explore Pete Haug's insightful comparison of the Middle East's enduring violence to historical Holy Wars like the Crusades, highlighting the potential of the Golden Rule to promote peace and understanding across diverse beliefs.

Ask a Baha’i: Would a Christian need to pray to Bahá’u’lláh, not Jesus, if converting to the Baha’i faith?

If I followed the teaching of Baha’i would I need to change my lifelong relationship with Jesus? I wonder how can I, as a lifelong Christian, focus my prayers from Jesus to Bahá’u’lláh?

Ask a Bahá’í: How Do Bahá’ís Get Clergy?

There are no clergy in the Bahá’í Faith. Each person is enjoined by Bahá’u’lláh — the Promised One of all Religions, who founded the Bahá’í Faith — to investigate truth for ourselves, to learn and not rely upon “the knowledge of [our] neighbor” and “see with [our] own eyes.”

Is this the Year Democracy Dies in the Dark?

Will 2024 be the year our democracy died in the twilight of disinformation? We face tough electoral choices. We must decide what direction our nation will take. Will the light of truth guide us to all truth, or will democracy flounder and die in darkness?

The Holy Land We Remember

I first walked Palestine Park in 1953 as a teenager. It’s a soccer-field-sized scale model of the Holy Land, sculpted in 1874 along the southwestern shore of Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York.

The Unbearable Brightness of Seeing. And Then not.

A few years ago, my optometrist told me I had age-related macular degeneration. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65. I’m lucky. Now 87, I’m still pretty functional, although I carry a flashlight and find myself using it more and more.

Beyond Zero-Sum: Let’s Work Together Toward Unity

“Zero-sum” describes a situation or game in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other: winner takes all. Our culture thrives on it. Take sports. Rooted in zero-sum attitudes, sports epitomize much else in our culture: politics, our judicial system, business and, of course, war.

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