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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The early translations of Bahá'í texts were, however, sometimes quite inadequate, and it was easy for many early believers to inject their own ideas into what they perceived to be the Bahá'í teachings.
According to Thornton Chase (America's first steadfast believer), Woodcock had an “extreme view of things,” which included astrology and asceticism, and “other dangerous and injurious practices and ideas” (TCP, 21 January 1910).
Let us consider some of the early believers in Montreal whose conversions were the work of May Maxwell. While the activities of such early believers as Mary Coristine, Pauline Lahill,25 and Walker F. Hetherington remain fairly unknown, ...
The Montreal Bahá'ís received circulars, such as those from Mason Remey, a prominent early American believer, asking people to ... The activities of May Maxwell were progressing so well that on 19 May 1908 Montreal's sixteen believers ...
4 There is a humorous, but confirmed, anecdote of two believers, Hooper Harris and Harlan Ober, climbing to the top of one of the Pyramids near Cairo. Coping with sunstroke, Hooper exclaimed, “as for the mysteries of the Pyramids, ...
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