Oneness of Religion

A New Temple Rises in the East: The First Local House of Worship Battambang Cambodia

Baha'i House of Worship Battambang

Yesterday marked a milestone – the official dedication in Battambang Cambodia of the first local House of Worship in the world designated as such.  The building has been constructed to translate into reality Bahá’u’lláh’s call in his book of laws, the Kitab-i-Aqdas: O people of the world! Build ye houses of worship throughout the lands in the…

When Religious People do Bad Things

the problem of religion

In a world in which crimes are explicitly committed in the name of religion, a conversation about how best to respond to the problem is a necessity as difficult as it may be. Tragically this was how the 21st century begins. This article seeks to reflect on Bahá’u’lláh’s writings, and the Baha’i teachings more broadly,…

Solving Problems Beyond Solution – The Book of Certitude

Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts - Book of Certitude

The goal of Bahá’u’lláh’s entire life’s work, as he describes, is to foster unity among human beings. Of his writings, the Book of Certitude plays a particular role in this purpose. Accordingly, it has been said that the Book of Certitude: by sweeping away the age-long barriers that have so insurmountably separated the great religions of…

The Oneness of Religion

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The oneness of religion is a core principle of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. The following is an incomplete introduction. The principle is perhaps also one of the most widely misunderstood of Bahá’u’lláh’s principles.  In one form, the misunderstanding is that this principles involves in some sense ‘combining’ different religions or taking elements from different religions to create a new religion.…

Against Religious Fanaticism and Hatred

Bahá’u’lláh condemned religious fanaticism and hatred. Perhaps most strikingly in the following passage: Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction.[1] I admit that when I first read this passage sometime in the late 1980s or early 90s, I found…