In the 40's and 50's, the Baha'i community began to grasp the implications of Shoghi Effendi's "rock bottom requirements" for teaching. They started trying to approach this challenging standard by creating study guides for various critical books. These study guides represent a first step by the believers to integrate the requisites of effective teaching. Education in general has fallen out of fashion in the world due to the rise of materialistic 'activism' as a replacement for knowlege. But the low-information Baha'i teacher is a dead-end project and eventually we will have to return to the challenge of education. These study guides are a first step, eventually we will have to take the second.
Bahá'í Study Guides are educational resources developed to deepen the understanding of Bahá'í teachings and to fulfill the high standards of effective teaching set by Shoghi Effendi. They aid believers in integrating spiritual principles with teaching endeavors.
Study guides were created in the 40s and 50s as a response to Shoghi Effendi's call for 'rock bottom requirements' for teaching, marking a concerted effort to elevate the quality of Bahá'í education and teaching methodologies.
Bahá'í Study Guides facilitate individual learning by providing structured pathways to study seminal Bahá'í texts, fostering personal growth and self-teaching as foundational to effective spiritual education.
While not a substitute for formal education, Bahá'í Study Guides act as supplementary materials that enrich one's spiritual and religious knowledge, critical for a holistic educational experience.
Materialistic activism emphasizes action over knowledge, challenging the Bahá'í perspective that well-informed teaching grounded in deep understanding is crucial for true societal advancement.
Bahá'í Study Guides remain relevant as they encapsulate timeless principles for effective teaching and spiritual education, counteracting the current trends of low-information activism.
By facilitating collective study and understanding of Bahá'í writings, study guides play a critical role in community building, fostering unity of thought and action within Bahá'í communities.
Bahá'í Study Guides are versatile, catering to both individual and group study settings, and are used to enhance personal reflection as well as community engagement and discourse.