The Purpose of Physical Reality

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2005 - 260 pages
Why do spiritual beings--human souls--begin their lives in the physical world? According to well-known Baha'i author, scholar, and educator John Hatcher, the world is a classroom designed by God to instigate and nurture mental and spiritual growth. The Purpose of Physical Reality examines the components of this classroom to show how everyday experience leads to spiritual insight. Viewing life in this way, we can learn to appreciate the overall justice of God's plan and the subtle interplay between human free will and divine assistance in unleashing human potential. The idea of physical reality as a divine teaching device not only prepares us for further progress in the life beyond, it also provides practical advice about how to attain spiritual and intellectual understanding while we are living on earth.
 

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Contents

SOME CLASSIC APPROACHES TO
9
TO CLASSIC THEORIES
39
A BAHÁÍ PARADIGM
71
FUNDAMENTAL REQUISITES
95
PRENATAL EXERCISES
121
MERCY PITY PEACE AND LOVE
219
NOTES
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
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About the author (2005)

John S. Hatcher holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia. He is a professor emeritus of English literature at the University of South Florida, Tampa. A widely published poet and distinguished lecturer, he has written numerous books on literature, philosophy, and Baha'i theology and scripture. He and his family live on a farm near Plant City, Florida.

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