The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2010 M10 30 - 368 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.
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In the late nineteenth century, these liberal pragmatists became enamoured with the “social gospel,” a Protestant movement that stressed Christian social action. The movement had its roots in the humanitarian and anti-slavery activities ...
Born in 1855 in Athens, Ontario, Percy Woodcock became an artist whose work achieved moderate notability during the 1920s and early 1930s.2 He studied in Paris at 1'Ecole des Beaux Arts for four years, first under Gerome (Morgan, ...
A Congregationalist Minister before becoming a Rosicrucian Master and then a Theosophist, Oakshette claimed to have converted to the Bahá'í Faith on 21 May 1897, at the same time as Lua Getsinger, a very prominent early American Bahá'í ...
Spence's involvement with the new religion remains a mystery.14 He came from a prominent family, and “had become a Bahá'í in this century, and his tombstone in a Branford [sic] cemetery made reference to this fact” (Martin, 1987).15 The ...
The first decade of the twentieth century marks the beginning of what eventually became countless Bahá'í travelling teaching trips from the United States to Canada. As a missionizing movement, the Bahá'í Faith very early on stressed the ...
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