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.
Moreover, much of the early Canadian history revolves around the personality and activities of May Maxwell of Montreal (“In Memoriam,” 1938-40: 631-42), one of Canada's most influential and historically significant Baha'is before 1940.
In any event, a firm foundation had been laid by the Magees; in 1917, when a prominent and influential Baha'i, May Maxwell, visited the Culvers, she described the Culver family as forming the “nucleus of the group here . . . a beautiful ...
... the marrow of the spiritual components of the early believers. Methodism was the home religion of the Magee family and of Honoré Jaxon. The Methodist spiritual theme would continue to exercise a dominating influence on other early ...
Such an emphasis on individualistic interpretations would prove to have a negative influence on some members of the new religious faith. It paved the way for idiosyncratic views by individuals who were not quite ready to ...
Despite its small following, the influence of the Theosophical Society has been rather significant. ... In North America, it has influenced a whole series of religious movements, including Rosicrucianism, the liberal Catholic Church, ...
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