The Divine Logos and Redemption: Comparison of Baha'I and Early Christian Perspectives
Journal of Ecumenical Studies 30:2 Spring 1993
Posted: 4 May 2014
Date Written: 1993
This article compares the doctrines of the "Word of God" and redemption in the teachings of the Baha'i faith and in early Christian theology. Common themes in the doctrines of both faiths are explored, and salient differences are highlighted. The nature of the divine logos, its relationship to God, its role in creation, and its appearance in the physical word (that is, its relationship to the prophetic figure) are examined. The doctrine of redemption is explored for its relevance to human salvation and history. The various aspects of the process by which redemption operates are noted; in particular, the concept of the redemptive impact of divine sacrifice is examined. This comparison demonstrates deep parallels in the belief systems of the Baha'i faith and early Christian thought, despite significant divergences as to whether redemption is a unique historical event or a phenomenon that recurs in different times and cultures.
Note: Republished with the permission of the copyright holder: Journal of Ecumenical Studies (c) 1994; First published: Journal of Ecumenical Studies 30:2 Spring 1993
Keywords: Baha'i, Christianity, logos, redemption, word of God, salvation, Manifestation of God, Christ, Baha'u'llah, christology, creation
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