The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1996 M12 16 - 356 pages
What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists — from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.
Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.
This is a story of modern spiritual heroes — people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.
Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.
The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.
Whereas in contemporary North American society, a traditional and personal moral code is associated with right-wing and orthodox social action, Baha'u'llah's teachings emphasize a personal moral code based on traditional religious ...
This phase of the Baha'i Faith came to an end in 1912 with the visit to North America of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the son of the founder of the Baha'i Faith; this visit was a keystone event in the development of the Canadian Baha'i community.
Eastern Spirituality in America (Ellwood, 1987: 235-36) gives a list of a dozen general works on Eastern religions in North America, of which fewer than six are case studies of specific religions. Bellah (1970) speaks of civil religion ...
... small and large, involving: exposing a ring that thrived at the expense of taxpayers; trying to end corruption at City Hall; supporting this or that political candidate; and joining an American colonization company.
We assume that the reference in the dedication article to the representation of “North American Indians” at the dedication refers to Jaxon's own presence there, and probably not to any actual “Indians ...
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