Paradise and Paradigm
This is the first formal (academic) comparison of the Baha’i Faith and Christianity. Published by the State University of New York Press, Paradise and Paradigm systematically compares the enchanting Writings of Baha’u’llah with the mystical and metaphorically rich hymns of the greatest poet of early Christianity, St. Ephrem the Syrian. Rather than examining Western forms of Christianity, the author introduces the reader to “Persian Christianity,” which, historically and culturally, is the closest form of Christianity to the Baha’i Faith.
All of this makes for fascinating reading, in which the author constructs “symbolic profiles” of the Baha’i Faith and Persian Christianity to explain both similarities and differences between the two religions. This book has been highly reviewed by Baha’i and non-Baha’i scholars alike, and has gained much respect in the academic world. An ideal choice for local university and college libraries, Paradise and Paradigm succeeds in reaching educated, non- Baha’i audiences.