The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience

From: Juan Cole <>
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Subject: station of scholars and historians in the Baha'i faith
Date: Thursday, June 10, 1999 1:52 PM
Quotes from Shoghi Effendi:
"Bahá'í scholars and writers will, no doubt, gradually appear, and will
as promised by Bahá'u'lláh lend a unique support to the Faith."
Directives, pp. 75-76
Shoghi Effendi surely hopes that before long the Cause may produce
scholars that would write books which would be far deeper and more
universal in scope, but for the present this is the best we possess to
give a general idea as to the history and teachings of the Faith to new
seekers.  Dawn of a New Day, 38.
It is for the future historian to appraise the value of the mission of
each of the four chosen messengers of `Abdu'l-Bahá who, in rapid
succession, were dispatched by Him to pacify and reinvigorate that
troubled community. His will be the task of tracing, in the work which
these deputies of `Abdu'l-Bahá were commissioned to undertake, the
beginnings of that vast Administration, the corner-stone of which these
messengers were instructed to lay--an Administration whose symbolic
Edifice . . . WOB 82-83
The historian of the future, viewing more widely and in fuller
perspective the momentous happenings of the Apostolic and Formative Ages
of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh, will no doubt be able to evaluate
accurately and to describe in a circumstantial manner the causes, the
implications and the effects of these Divine Messages which, in their
scope and effectiveness, have certainly no parallel in the religious
annals of mankind. Promised Day is Come, 29-30

Juan Cole, History, U of Michigan
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