110 We Have Permitted You To Read Such Sciences As Are Profitable Unto You Not Such As End In Idle Disputation #77

The Baha'i Writings enjoin the acquisition of knowledge and the study of

the arts and sciences. Baha'is are admonished to respect people of

learning and accomplishment, and are warned against the pursuit of studies

that are productive only of futile wrangling.

In His Tablets Baha'u'llah counsels the believers to study such sciences

and arts as are useful and would further the progress and advancement

of society, and He cautions against sciences which begin with words and

end with words, the pursuit of which leads to idle disputation. Shoghi

Effendi, in a letter written on his behalf, likened sciences that begin

with words and end with words to fruitless excursions into metaphysical

hair-splittings, and, in another letter, he explained that what

Baha'u'llah primarily intended by such sciences are those theological

treatises and commentaries that encumber the human mind rather than help

it to attain the truth.

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