Bahá's believe that there is only one God, the Creator of the universe. Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of Whom has founded a great religion. The Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
from the Bahá'í International Community official web site
The faith is based on the belief that the will of one God is progressively revealed through the prophets of the great religions. The founder, Baha'u'llah, established the religion in 19th-century Persia, now Iran, which consequently expelled him.
Wife of Late Bahai Leader Dies, Excite/AP, Jan. 19, 2000
ArticlesBahá'í Biblical Reference (PRO) A misguided attempt at making Bahá'í compatible with Christianity. See James Sire's Scripture Twisting Methods article.
Bahá'í-Christian Dialogue: Some Key Issues Considered by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith
Bahá'í Faith - An Introduction (PRO) From soc.religion.bahai
Basic Teachings of the Bahá'í Faith (PRO)
Critics chafe at Baha'i Conservatism by Ira Rifkin, Religion News Service (Feb. 1997). See also: The Bahai Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience.
For ex-Baha'i Juan Cole, though, this year's feast will be anything but festive.
Cole, a professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan, is among the nation's leading experts on the faith. Until last May, when he formally resigned from the movement, he had been a Baha'i for 25 years. Now, however, he counts himself among a small but influential group of past and present liberal Baha'is angry over what they say is the hijacking of the faith by a cadre of conservative leaders more interested in preserving their authority than the Baha'i principle of ''independent investigation of reality.''
That principle is among the core tenets of the Baha'i faith first articulated by its founder, the l9th-century Persian prophet known as Baha'u'llah (the Glory of God) and who is revered by the faithful as an incarnation of God akin to Jesus.
According to the critics, the National Spiritual Assembly (NSA), which oversees the American Baha'i movement, is dominated by a tight-knit group of authoritarian officials who keep the lid on free expression by threatening dissidents with excommunication and by manipulating the process by which NSA members are elected.
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ProfileBaha'ism Entry in the Encyclopedia of Science and Religio
The Baha'i Faith Profile by Watchman Fellowship See also Baha'i
SitesBahá'í Academic Resource Library Extensive collection of resources
Bahai-Faith.com Eric Stetson, Baha'i from November 1997 to August 2002, now a Unitarian Universalist. The author explains why he left the Bahai faith and became first a Christian and later an Unitarian Universalist.
Bahá'í International Community (PRO) Official web site
The Bahai Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience Internal criticism of alleged Baha'i conservatism. See also: Critics chafe at Baha'i Conservatism
Bahá'í Writings Selected writings.
Basic Facts About The Bahá'í Faith (PRO) An illustrated introduction.
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