2018 | 18 | 147-164
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Nowe ruchy religijne a koncepcje zrównoważonego rozwoju: ekoteologia Wiary Bahá’í

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The chief aim of this paper is to outline the concept of sustainable development which is integrated into the doctrine of a relatively novel world religion known as the Bahá’í Faith. The study focuses on the description of causes behind the crisis and potential solutions as they are seen by the Baha’is, by means of analysis of their Sacred Writings and more profound insights into the doctrine, in particular where it concerns ecology and social-economic development.  
The paper examines how contemporary ecological crisis and imbalanced social development are approached in the light of the Bahá’í Faith. Deriving their principal tenets from the paradigm of unity and at the same time disjunction from nature, the Baha’is suggest interesting solution to a range of problems, emphasizing spiritually anchored instruments that they employ. Humility with respect to the environment is an important element in the Baha’i doctrine, which is justified on religious grounds. Furthermore, the author underscores the responsibility of members of the community of the faithful for the entirety of social development, as well as outlines the achievements and proposals – objectives already attained and intended – relating to the mitigation of negative outcomes of the crisis and, ultimately, their utter elimination. Finally, the author enumerates specific forms of collaboration between members of the Faith and organizations as well as governments, undertaken in order to further sustainable development on a global and local scale. 
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