R607 Winter 2020 Baha’i Teachings on the Nature and the Journey of the Soul
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 27–Feb. 10
Instructor: Vera Breton
Most religions describe a spiritual element of man called the human soul, its creation, and its possible continuation after death, but the scriptural basis for these descriptions is often quite limited. Theologians must interpret these scriptures to speculate about the nature of the soul and its condition after death. The Baha’i faith is a worldwide, independent religion founded in the 19th century by Baha’u’llah, a descendant of Abraham. It differs from earlier religions in that it has extensive writings on the human soul that are based entirely on Baha’u’llah’s divine revelation. These writings explain the nature of the soul, its relationship to the body, and the manner by which this soul progresses initially in the material world and subsequently in the spiritual worlds of God. This class presents Baha’i teachings about the human soul, examines reports of near-death experiences, and compares these experiences with the Baha’i teachings about life after death.
Vera Breton is a Baha’i in the City of Fairfax, a trained facilitator for courses in the Baha’i Ruhi Institute, and a former teacher in the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. She has an MS from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from the Pontificia Bolivariana University.