World Peace: The Bahá’í Perspective

Note: this course is being updated. A revised description will be posted. Check back in May for more details. In 1985 the Universal House of Justice issued The Promise of World Peace, the first in a series of ground-breaking documents which addressed humankind’s situation and needs. Thirty-one years later the message enshrined in The Promise of World Peace, known to many as “the Peace Message”, is as cogent and urgent as ever. The world is increasingly embroiled in conflict, whether “hot” or “cold”. Conflicts over territory, conflicts surrounding nationalist ambitions, conflicts that claim religious inspiration, tribal conflicts, conflicts of all kinds increasingly involve terrorist organizations, fundamentalist religious and ideological groups, nationalist groups, and so on, and are ever more intractable. As the Universal House of Justice wrote in 1985: “Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity’s stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth. At this critical juncture when the intractable problems confronting nations have been fused into one common concern for the whole world, failure to stem the tide of conflict and disorder … Continue reading World Peace: The Bahá’í Perspective