Steadfastness in the Covenant - Responding to Tests and Tribulations
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The emergence of the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh and its implications for the progress of civilization coincides with accelerated crises in the world. These calamities, with their associated suffering and confusion, herald the advent of a transformation in the consciousness of people and their receptivity whether positive or negative to the teachings of the Baháí Faith.
No wonder, then, that Baháís have been encouraged to study the Covenant and to acquire steadfastness in it. But what are the requirements of faithfulness to the Covenant?
The Baháí Writings tell us that persecution and trials will occur and intensify as the Cause emerges from obscurity to full recognition. A prime example of firmness in the Covenant amidst the fire of ordeals during our time is the Baháí community of Iran, to which part of this book is dedicated.
Two chapters discuss issues related to scholarship and the Covenant. What is the meaning of scholarship in the Baháí Dispensation? What do the Baháí Writings say not only about acquiring knowledge but also about the individual virtues and character which would distinguish Baháí academics and scholars in a world submerged in a competitive drive for entitlement and superiority? What is the role of these souls in the defence of the Cause and extending our knowledge toward a deeper understanding and application of the Baháí teachings in response to questions arising from current issues of society?
The concluding part of the book turns to the life of 'Abdul-Bahá as the Perfect Exemplar and the Centre of the Covenant of the Bahá'í Faith.
About the Author
Dr Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian served the Institution of the Learned for nearly 30 years in different capacities including many years as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas and is currently a member of the Canadian Baha’i community.
He is a Professor Emeritus of McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As author, educator and researcher, he has published extensively on psychosocial and spiritual issues and spoken at many universities and public events around the world. Among his publications in recent years are Creative Dimensions of Suffering (2009) and Steadfastness in the Covenant: Responding to Tests and Tribulations (2014). His current interest is the exploration of the interrelationship between religion and science in the advancement of civilization.
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm ( 8.5 x 5.5 ins)
Weight: 338 g