Astronomy Professor Learns More about How to Study the Baha’i Writings

Eric Bell, an astronomy professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, decided to take How to Study the Baha’i Writings as his first online course from the Wilmette Institute.

Eric BellI am more excited about study of Baha’i writings, more confident of being able to better understand, internalize, and synthesize the writings. I now have a different idea of how to use the Hidden Words (the idea of leaven: I have to give it time and warmth to work; I was not meditating on them and studying them in enough depth to, I think, really make good use of them).

I have a new appreciation for The Secret of Divine Civilization, and I am going to keep on summarizing the book, using it as a case study to see if I can make use of and profit from the techniques I have learned here and reflecting on the posts of others during that time. I can use it for my studies of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s writings on the origin of man and the universe (I am trying to understand that a lot better).

I posted a lot more than I had thought. I had thought that I would want to keep to myself, but I valued the input that others gave on the forums, and I felt it was important to also add to the diversity of viewpoints. This sharing of personal viewpoints was something that I had not expected, and I think enriched my understanding of the material (both the methods of studying the writings, and the content of the writings).

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