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God Speaks Again: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith
God Speaks Again is a comprehensive introduction to the Baha'i Faith. Members of the Baha'i religion believe that periodically throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through Divine Messengers-among them Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad-each offering fresh spiritual teachings suited for the age in which they appear. Bowers qu ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Baha'i Publishing
(first published April 15th 2004)
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This is a thorough and well thought out introduction to the Faith. It's nice to read an introduction now that I'm closing in on ten years practicing as my perspective has grown and developed but it is always good to be reminded of the basic, foundational concepts & history.
When I began this book (loaner from a friend), I admit my eyes rolled back in my head. For the historical parts, Bowers adopts a storytelling style that’s a bit...over the top. He is more interested in telling a story than in providing a historical account—in true religious form, he includes the apocrypha. I cheer for the heroes when they vanquish their oppressors. But I am not sold on the bad guys, who seem to have terribly flimsy motives. And I am interested in the historicity of the character ...more
This seems a fine introduction to the Baha'i faith. I'm not sure my opinion counts for much, as this is the first book I have read on the subject. It always presents something of a quandary whether first to read a book from somebody inside the faith or an outsider's view. I liked that fact that the book quoted extensively from the major figures of Baha'i. I am sympathetic to Bahá'u'lláh, and he obviously was a very wise man, but I didn't find the constant assertions on the part of the author tha ...more
The Baha'i Faith is a world religion that teaches the validity and truth of all other religions, the absolute equality of the sexes, the radical freedom of the human spirit, and the immanent emergence of a global civilization based on justice and compassion. It posits that the purpose of the universe is for humanity to become closer and closer to the divine (and thus acquiring the qualities of godliness), and is intended to foster our eternal evolution by guiding virtuous thought and right actio ...more