Bahaism and its Claims: A Study of the Religions promulgated by
Baha Ullah and Abdul Baha.
By Samuel G. Wilson, M.A.,
D.D. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co. 1915. $1.50 net.
Bahaism is a revolt from the fold of Islam which in recent years
has been bidding vigorously for the support of Occidental minds.
Many of its principles are culled from the Christian religion which it
insidiously seeks to supplant. What this Oriental cult is, what it
stands for, and what it aims at, is told in a volume which forms a
notable addition to the history of comparative religions.
The book is full of interest to every lover of "pure religion and
undefiled." It gives the history of the Bahai movement from its origin
in such a clear vivid manner that many will rejoice that the fog
surrounding this new religion has been cleared away. That Bahaism is an
out-growth of Babism and not identical with it is plainly shown so
that no confusion need remain in any mind. The claims of the new
cult are clearly set forth and fairly and squarely dealt with upon their
own merits. One thing especially — the immoral practice of "taqiya"
or religious dissimulation taught by the Bahai is explained so fully
that those who have work among these people can now understand how
it is possible for them to say one hour, "We are Moslems," and the
next, "We are Christians." It explains why they seem always to be
acting a double part. A man may deny at any time that he is a Bahai
and yet not hurt his conscience, for Baha said, "If your heart is right
with me, nothing matters."
Dr. Wilson shows us in unmistakable terms that the claims of this
religion to unite all other religions into a "renewal of religion" or into
a universal religion by the "bands of love," are ludicrously false. He
gives us a page or two of their choice curses and marvellously strong
abusive language, showing that they have not improved upon the
religion which teaches, "Love your enemies," nor is their conception of
the spirit of brotherly love a very clear one.
The principal followers of Abdul Baha, we learn, are Persians and
American women! While the author does not alarm us about the
rapid spread of this religion, yet he says, "Christian Missions have
come face to face with Bahaism as a new and aggressive force," and
he closes the book with the question, "Is it not full time that Christian
people and churches should cease to give countenance to this system
which is an enemy of the cross of Christ and which has already
deceived several thousands of our fellow Christians?"
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