Baha’i Faith: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to a fascinating independent, world religion. Examining its historical development, current "community-building" efforts and the social contributions of the Baha’i Faith in the world today, this introduction covers:
- Beliefs: Baha’i spiritual teachings
- Principles: Baha’i social teachings
- History: Baha’u’llah and his covenant
- Scripture: Baha’i sacred texts and inspired guidance
- Institutions: the Baha’i administrative order
- Building community: what Baha’is do
- Social action: Baha’i social and economic development projects
- Public discourse: the Baha’i International Community
- Vision: foundations for a future Golden Age
With features including a glossary of terms, and references to the Baha’i writings throughout, this is the ideal text for students and interested readers wanting to familiarise themselves with the Baha’i Faith.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: What is the Bahá’í Faith?
2. Beliefs: Bahá’í Spiritual Teachings
3. Principles: Bahá’í Social Teachings
4. History: Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant
5. Scripture and Authoritative Writings: Bahá’í Sacred Texts and Inspired Guidance
6. Institutions: The Bahá’í Administrative Order
7. Building Community: What Bahá’ís Do
8. Social Action: Social and Economic Development
9. Public Discourse: The Bahá’í International Community
10. Vision: Foundations for a Future Golden Age
Christopher Buck is an independent scholar and former professor at Michigan State University, Quincy University, Millikin University and Carleton University.
"This excellent, beautifully organized introduction provides an accurate and unusually rich entré into a relatively new and still somehow frequently misunderstood religion. The author, Christopher Buck, is a leading scholar of the Baha'i religion. His book is richly enhanced with quotations from official translations of the Baha'i sacred writings, insights into the formation of distinctive Baha'i institutions and rare glimpses of key moments in Baha'i intellectual history from an introduction to the influential African American Baha'i philosopher, Alain Locke (d. 1954) known as "the father of the Harlem Renaissance", to a discussion of the more recent development of the Ruhi Institute process. This introduction goes beyond existing textbooks in both scope and detail. It will be warmly welcomed by researchers and students of the Baha'i Faith."
— Todd Lawson, University of Toronto, Canada