Century of Light

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Century of Light by Baha'i International Community This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license This is acopyrightedProject Gutenberg eBook, details below. Please follow the copyright guidelines in this file. Title: Century of Light Author: Baha'i International Community Release Date: September 2006 [Ebook 19267] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CENTURY OF LIGHT*** Century of Light by Baha'i International Community Edition 1, (September 2006) Baha'i Terms of Use You have permission to freely make and use copies of the text and any other information ("Content") available on this Site including printing, emailing, posting, distributing, copying, downloading, uploading, transmitting, displaying the Content in whole or in part subject to the following: 1. Ourcopyright notice and the source reference must be attached to the Content; 2. TheContent may not be modified or altered in any way except to change the font or appearance; 3. TheContent must be used solely for a non-commercial purpose.

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Title: Century of Light
Author: Baha'i International Community
Release Date: September 2006 [Ebook 19267]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CENTURY OF LIGHT***
Century of Light
by Baha'i International Community
Edition 1, (September 2006)
Baha'i Terms of Use
You have permission to freely make and use copies of the text and any other information ("Content") available on this Site including printing, emailing, posting, distributing, copying, downloading, uploading, transmitting, displaying the Content in whole or in part subject to the following: 1. Our copyright notice and the source reference must be attached to the Content; 2. The Content may not be modified or altered in any way except to change the font or appearance; 3. The Content must be used solely for a non-commercial purpose. Although this blanket permission to reproduce the Content is given freely such that no special permission is required, the Bahá’í International Community retains full copyright protection for all Content included at this Site under all applicable national and international laws. For permission to publish, transmit, display or otherwise use the Content for any commercial purpose, please contact us (http://reference.bahai.org/en/contact.html).
Baha'i Terms of Use . . FOREWORD . . . . . CENTURY OF LIGHT I . . . . . . . . . . . . II . . . . . . . . . . . . III . . . . . . . . . . . IV . . . . . . . . . . . V . . . . . . . . . . . . VI . . . . . . . . . . . VII . . . . . . . . . . . VIII . . . . . . . . . . IX . . . . . . . . . . . X . . . . . . . . . . . . XI . . . . . . . . . . . XII . . . . . . . . . . .
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FOREWORD
The conclusion of the twentieth century provides Bahá’ís with a unique vantage point. During the past hundred years our world underwent changes far more profound than any in its preceding history, changes that are, for the most part, little understood by the present generation. These same hundred years saw the Bahá’í Cause emerge from obscurity, demonstrating on a global scale the unifying power with which its Divine origin has endowed it. As the century drew to its close, the convergence of these two historical developments became increasingly apparent. Century of Light, prepared under our supervision, reviews these two processes and the relationship between them, in the context of the Bahá’í Teachings. We commend it to the thought-ful study of the friends, in the confidence that the perspectives it opens up will prove both spiritually enriching and of practical help in sharing with others the challenging implications of the Revelation brought by Bahá’u’lláh. The Universal House of Justice Naw-Rúz, 158 b.e.
CENTURY OF LIGHT
The twentieth century, the most turbulent in the history of the human race, has reached its end. Dismayed by the deepening moral and social chaos that marked its course, the generality of the world’s peoples are eager to leave behind them the memories of the suffering that these decades brought with them. No matter how frail the foundations of confidence in the future may seem, no matter how great the dangers looming on the horizon, human-ity appears desperate to believe that, through some fortuitous conjunction of circumstances, it will nevertheless be possible to bend the conditions of human life into conformity with prevailing human desires. In the light of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh such hopes are not merely illusory, but miss entirely the nature and meaning of the great turning point through which our world has passed in these crucial hundred years. Only as humanity comes to understand the implications of what occurred during this period of history will it be able to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The value of the contribution we as Bahá’ís can make to the process demands that we ourselves grasp the significance of the historic transformation wrought by the twentieth century. What makes this insight possible for us is the light shed by the rising Sun of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation and the influence it has come to exercise in human affairs. It is this opportunity that the following pages address.