Belief

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Skepticism

What Is Skepticism? Skepticism or scepticism is generally a questioning attitude or doubt towards one or more items of putative knowledge or belief or dogma.[1][2] It is often directed at domains, such as the supernatural, morality (moral skepticism), theism (skepticism about the existence of God), or knowledge (skepticism about the possibility of knowledge, or of certainty).[3] Formally,...

Epistemology

What Is Epistemology? Epistemology (epistēmē, meaning ‘knowledge’, and logos, meaning ‘logical discourse’) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge.[1] Epistemology is the study of the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief. Much debate in epistemology centers on four areas: (1) the philosophical analysis of the...

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Hope, Theological Virtue

Hope Hope, in its widest acceptation, is described as the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it. The Scholastics say that it is a movement of the appetite towards a future good, which though hard to attain is possible of attainment. Consideration of this state of soul is limited in this article to...

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Hope As A Virtue

Hope As A Virtue Hope is one of the three theological virtues in Christian tradition. Hope being a combination of the desire for something and expectation of receiving it, the virtue is hoping for Divine union and so eternal happiness. While faith is a function of the intellect, hope is an act...

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Civilization And The Confusion Of Conceptions

Civilization And The Confusion Of Conceptions In the past, civilization was defined as the coexistence of people who come together, whether in a city or district or a village, around humanistic thoughts and feelings and conscious of their being human. Since human beings naturally live in groups, they have, from...

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Balance Between Worldly Life And Spiritual Life

Balance Between Worldly Life And Spiritual Life How Should We Establish Balance with Respect to The Spiritual and Worldly Dimensions of Our Life? Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life. Balanced action is necessary over the spectrum which covers the essentials of belief and worship, as...

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Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes

Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes Just as gratitude increases Divine bounty, so too complaint increases misfortune, and removes all occasion for compassion. During World War One, a blessed person in Erzurum was afflicted with an awesome disease. I went to visit him and he said to me complaining bitterly: “I...

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Mutual Assistance In The Universe

Mutual Assistance In The Universe Life in the whole of the universe displays a symphony of mutual helping. Just like the members, organs and systems, even cells, of a living animal body, all parts of the universe support and help one another. For example, for a single apple to come...

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Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God

Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God Every thing, every being in existence displays God’s Unity as a most manifest truth. For example, of the innumerable arguments for His existence and Unity, consider life: He makes everything out of one thing and makes one thing out of many things. He...

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Where Does The Enjoyment And Pleasure Of Life Lie?

Where Does The Enjoyment And Pleasure Of Life Lie? So, that is how life is. If you desire the pleasure and enjoyment of life, animate your life with belief, and adorn it with religious obligations. Maintain it by abstaining from sins. As for the fearsome reality of death, which is...

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Self-confidence

Self-confidence The concept of self-confidence, self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One’s self confidence increases from experiences of having mastered particular activities.[1] It is a positive[2] belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do. Self-confidence is not the same as self-esteem, which is an evaluation of...

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Understanding Of The Mystery Of Life

Understanding Of The Mystery Of Life The First consists of making known to you all the varieties of all the bounties from the True Bestower, and causing you to offer Him thanks. Be aware of this and offer Him thanks and worship. The Second is to make known to you...

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The Initiate From a Different Perspective

The Initiate From a Different Perspective An initiate is one who follows a way. In Sufi terminology, the word “initiate” denotes one who walks toward God with a certain discipline in order to please Him, thus neutralizing the tendencies in their nature that lead them away from God, or trying...

Woman’s Creed

Woman’s Creed I believe in God who created woman and man in God’s own image who created the world and gave both sexes the care of the earth. I believe in Jesus, child of God, chosen of God born of the woman Mary who listed to women and liked them...

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The Highest Aim Of Creation

The Highest Aim Of Creation Be certain of this, that the highest aim of creation and its most important result are belief in God. The most exalted rank in humanity and its highest degree are the knowledge of God contained within belief in God. The most radiant happiness and sweetest...

Religious Exclusivism

Religious Exclusivism Religious exclusivism, or exclusivity, is the doctrine or belief that only one particular religion or belief system is true.[1] This is in contrast to religious pluralism, which believes that all religions provide valid responses to the existence of God.[2] Christian exclusivism A number of Christian denominations assert that they alone represent the one true church – the church to...

Belief

What Is Belief? Belief is the attitude that something is the case or true.[1] In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, “belief” does not require active introspection and circumspection. For example, few ponder whether the sun will rise, just assume...

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Religious Bullying

Religious Bullying How should we deal with mockery or ridicule, especially of the young trying to practice their religion by their peers? Forthwith he [Noah] starts constructing the Ark: Every time that the Chiefs of his people passed by him they threw ridicule on him. He said: “If you ridicule...

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Wasil (the One Who Has Reached)

Wasil (the One Who Has Reached)13 Literally meaning one who has reached the final point in a journey or who has met with the one or the thing that one intends to reach, wasil, in Sufi terminology, denotes one who, having been saved from all the veils of corporeality and...

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Religion

What is Religion? Religion is a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.[1][2] Different religions may or may not contain...

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