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"Diversity of Themes": An Imperishable Book

Oct 31, 2020

Course: Some Answered Questions (2020)
Faculty: Baharieh Rouhani Ma’ani

Marco Oliveira, a long-time member of the Wilmette Institute’s online learning community, has once again created an excellent slide show as his course project. As noted in the slides, the book Some Answered Questions contains “questions related to religion, philosophy and science, asked of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá by Laura Clifford Barney during several of her visits to Akká between 1904 and 1906, along with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s answers to these questions.”

The course explores the history of the book’s production, and the key figures involved.

In his “final remarks” at the end of the slide show, Marco notes:

The diversity of themes, the thoroughness of the content, and the richness and clarity of the language made it an appealing and
popular book.

The slide show contains several quotes and diverse illustrations.

You may feel free to use these slides for your own community gatherings, with attribution to Mr. Oliveira. Please email any questions on the content to the Institute at: wi@usbnc.org. Individual screenshots of more slides are displayed below.

One of several excellent summary slides.
“Some Christian Subjects” are featured in Part 2 of the book (sections 16 through 35).
Marco devotes five slides to those topics (pages 19 through 23).

We are pleased to share with you the English language version of the slides, in PDF format:
Some Answered Questions: An Introduction to Bahá’í Teachings.”

Marco’s “Final Remarks” with one remark highlighted. In the last remark, the “Guardian of the Faith” is Shoghi Effendi, eldest grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the head of the Bahá’í Faith from 1921 until his passing in 1957.

Addendum
1. On page 44, the title “REENCARNATION” should read “REINCARNATION”

Contributors

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Marco Oliveira

I am a Portuguese Bahá’í living in Lisbon (Portugal). I was born in a Roman Catholic family and became Bahá’í in 1984. I am married, the father of two boys, and I work as a software tester. I attended the course “Science of Religion” at the Catholic University in Lisbon and I am the author of the blog “Povo de Baha” (People of Bahá - povodebaha.blogspot.com/). Deepening, studying the Writings and theology have been my passions. In recent years I have dedicated my attention to the study of several Christian topics from a Bahá’í perspective. I am the author of the Book Terapia Divina (Divine Therapy), the first introductory Bahá’í book available in commercial bookstores in Portugal.

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