Many statements in the Writings are couched in terms of a particular discourse, or intellectual tradition, for their immediate audience. Understanding context can help evaluate whether any given statement is meant as factual truth or as metaphor.
Discourses of Knowledge
published in Search for Values: Ethics in Bahá'í Thought
, ed. John Danesh, Seena Fazel, pages 47-78
Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2004