“The Object of Man’s Creation”—Student Shares on Canadian Interfaith Panel

Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith (2019)
Faculty: Stephen Friberg, Robert Sarracino, Roger Neyman, Nicola Daniels

Charlotte Wenninger at the podiumOn completion of this year’s course on Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith, Charlotte Wenninger shared a Slide Show composed of 17 beautifully illuminated slides she had created for an interfaith panel event in British Columbia, Canada. Charlotte described her experience this way:

“I was honoured to be asked to present the Bahá’í perspective on an interfaith panel held in Prince George, BC, Canada on the topic of the “Object of Man’s Creation”. This event was hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim society and held in the Church of Latter Day Saints facility. There were nine speakers from diverse religions who were asked to speak from their perspective on the topic, for no more than 10 to 12 minutes.

Charlotte Wenninger in front of interfaith BannerI started compiling ideas for the presentation months before. I finally settled on 35 slides that I knew I had to whittle down to about 15 slides that would fit into a ten minute presentation. I knew I had a challenge to convey to the audience the breadth and depth of the Baha’i writings and yet keep within the time constraints. As I was contemplating on what I was going to say, I kept in mind that the purpose of our existence, and the existence of our physical realty, our entire universe is for the purpose of knowing and loving God. If our purpose is to love God and we are not aware, then we are out of touch with reality. If we are out of touch with reality, then we are also unaware of purpose and power. If we are out of touch with our purpose then we will always be conflict ridden.

During my talk I passionately encouraged the audience to strive to understand love and purpose more fully. This event happened to take place during the time I was participating in the Wilmette Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith course so I managed to tie the harmony of science and religion into my talk.”

Wide view of interfaith panel

A PDF version of Charlotte’s slide show is available on the Institute’s Learner Projects page. You will see a few of the slides at the foot of this page.


Slide # 8

Slide 8: The purpose of our lives is to know and love God and to attain His presence.

Slide #13

Slide 13: Our purpose in this life is to develop virtues...

Slide #15

Slide 15: We must develop our soul in preparation for the next life...

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