Paradise and Paradign

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Paradise and Paradigm

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.

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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.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.5 in

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Paradise and Paradign – Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Baha’i Faith

by Christopher Buck

6  x 9 “, 402 pages

About the Author

Christopher Buck earned his Ph.D. (1996) at the University of Toronto and his J.D. (2006) at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has taught American studies, African American studies, Islamic studies and religious studies most recently at Michigan State University (2000-2004). He authored Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy (2005), Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Bahá’í Faith (1999), Symbol and Secret: Qur’an Commentary in Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i Íqán (1995/2004), and has recently contributed an introductory chapter in a new textbook, The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006). The author is also a two-time recipient of the Award for Excellence in Baha’i Studies (1991 and 1994), presented by the Association for Baha’i Studies.

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