UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-8

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    Consider the following statements about religious tradition.
    1. In Christianity, Trinity refers to the teaching that God comprises three distinct persons i.e. the father, the son and the holy spirit.
    2. Sufism originated in India and found a congenial atmosphere in Iran and Afghanistan.
    3. The key scriptures of Judaism are Kitab-i-Aqdas and Kitab-i-Iran.
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1 and 2           

    B)  2 and 3

    C)  1 and 3           

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] If the doctrine of the trinity is true, then we could expect to find this teaching in the scriptures. If the doctrine of the Trinity is false, then the scriptures would only speak of God in such a way as to indicate that God is only one person. Sufism originated in Iran and Afghanistan and found a congenial atmosphere in India. The Kitab-i-lqan is one of many books held sacred by followers of the Baha'i faith. Kitab-i-lqan literally means book of certitude. This book was written by Baha'u'llah the prophet founder of the Bahai' faith in 1862. Written around 1873 by Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'I faith from Iran, this work is written in Arabic and its Arabic title is al-Kitab al Aqdas, but it is commonly referred to by its Persian title, Kitab-i-Aqda, which was given the work by Baha'u'llah himself. It is sometimes called The Aqdas', The Most Holy Book, The Book of Laws' and occasionally the 'Book of Aqdas'.

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