Glossary

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Word Definition
scientific materialism A philosophical body of thought that interpreted all of history and human behavior in a purely materialistic and economic framework; commonly associated with the work of philosophers such as Karl Marx and later embodied in communist regimes such as the Soviet Union.
sectarian Designating phenomena that derive from the division of major religions into different denominations.
sects Denominations or groups within a larger religious group, often with beliefs and practices at variance with those of a the established main group.
secular Not concerned with religious or spiritual matters.
spiritualism A religious movement especially strong in Great Britain and the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spiritualism’s core belief is the ability of living beings to contact souls who have progressed to the spiritual world through self-proclaimed “mediums”.
stultify To diminish somebody's interest or liveliness of mind by being repetitive, tedious or boring.
subordinate A secondary or supportive role or position.
surihs Individual chapters of the Qur'án.

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)