Sat 1/30 @ 10:00 am EST
In the first paragraphs of The Promised Day is Come, Shoghi Effendi quotes passages from Bahá’u’lláh about how the Lesser Peace will not come about until humanity has experienced world engulfing tribulation, though the Bahá’í Writings never explain exactly what that calamity will be. The present pandemic demonstrates how such an unexpected transformative event could occur and how quickly the circumstances of the nations and people of the world could suddenly become changed. A quick review of the stages in the path towards the Lesser Peace as described by Shoghi Effendi can help us understand what process we must go through to achieve a global polity and the stages that will lead from that secular governance to the establishment of the Golden Age of the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh.
John S. Hatcher is Professor Emeritus in English literature at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he taught for forty years. He has published twenty-five books, some of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, and Norwegian. He has also published more than a hundred poems and articles, and he was editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies for seven years (2013-2020). He has been a guest lecturer at such distinguished institutions as the University of Michigan, McGill University in Canada, the University of Maryland, Emory University, and Oxford University. In 2006 he was awarded the highest accolade for work in Bahá’í Studies, the Hasan Balyuzi Lectureship at the 29th annual meeting of the North American Association for Studies on the Bahá’í Faith. He currently teaches an online course on the Bahá’í Faith which is available on his website www.johnshatcher.com.
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