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The Bahá'í Faith, Violence, and Non-Violence

By: Material type: TextTextSeries: . Cambridge Elements: Religion and Violence Publication details: Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, New Delhi, Singapore Cambridge University Press 2020Description: 69 pISBN:
  • ISBN-10 : 1108706274 ISBN-13 : 978-1108706278
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Both violence and non-violence are important themes in the Bahá'í Faith, but their relationship is not simple. The Bahá'í sacred writings see violence in the world - not just against Bahá'ís, but physical and structural violence against everyone - as being a consequence of the immature state of human civilization. The Baha'i community itself has been nonviolent since its founding by Baha'u'llah in the mid nineteenth century and has developed various strategies for responding to persecution nonviolently. This Element explores how their scriptures provide a blueprint for building a new, more mature, culture and civilization on this planet where violence will be rare and nonviolence prevalent.

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