Resources

This page will feature links to websites that discuss issues relevant to Baha’i-Catholic dialogue. I will add a little at a time, so check back occasionally to see what’s been added.

 

NATURAL LAW

Catholics believe that all humans are born with an instinctive sense of right and wrong (which is why, incidentally, it is no surprise that one can find versions of the Golden Rule in all the world’s religions). This instinct is called natural law.

An Overview of Natural Law Theory
Fairly brief and straightforward summary by a philosophy professor.

The Revenge of Conscience, by J. Buziszewski
Argues that, counterintuitively, modern amorality betrays its own ideology and gives evidence of the existence of natural law. Written by a professor at the University of Texas.

 

THE CRUSADES

Onward PC Soldiers
A review of the 2005 film “Kingdom of Heaven” by the Crusades historian Thomas F. Madden.

Crusade Myths
Debunks several widely-held myths about the Crusades, also by Madden.

 

SLAVERY

Baha’is sometimes claim that the Baha’i Faith is the first religion to forbid slavery. See for example Mirza Abu’l-Fadl’s Brilliant Proof where he states, “Among the specific laws clearly laid down in the Cause of Baha’u’llah is the law prohibiting slavery. No mention of this is made in other religions.” Mirza Abu’l-Fadl is mistaken. Mention of this is in fact made in Catholicism. See for example the following:

Catholic Encyclopedia: Slavery and Christianity
A detailed treatment looking at how Christians have dealt with slavery in ancient times, through the medieval and into the modern periods. It notes that there were two surges in the practice of slavery, once in the Middle Ages and again after the discovery of America, and explains how the Church responded.

The Truth About the Catholic Church and Slavery (subscription req’d)
Another detailed treatment, but more readable than the Catholic Encyclopedia article. Written by a noted professional historian.

The Popes and Slavery: Setting the Record Straight
Looks specifically at three papal bulls: Sicut Dudum (1435), Sublimis Deus (1537) and In Supremo (1839), and gives particular attention to the third and how it has been interpreted.

Slavery and the Catholic Church
A short article on the topic. Distinguishes between just-title slavery and racial slavery.

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