Bahá'ísm and Its Claims and Modern Movements among Mohammedans, by S. G. Wilson:
published in Campbell Institute Bulletin
, 12:1, pages 120-121
Bahaism and Its Claim.
By Samuel Graham Wilson.
New York; Revell. p. 1916. $1.50 net.
Bahaism grew out of Babism and may be described as an
off-shoot of Mohammedanism with doctrines with some kinship
to gnosticism. The beginnings of the movement showed a
great emphasis upon the doctrine of incarnation but in later
years efforts have been made to make it practical and to relate it to the peace movement, the social movement, etc. The
sect has bought land for the erection of a million dollar temple on the edge of Chicago and evidently has serious designs
The book by Mr. Wilson is a reliable source of information with regard to the movement and gives a multitude of
facts which are not available elsewhere. There is a polemical
tone in the book which makes its value as a testimony against
Bahaism. somewhat less. No single volume on the subject,
however, can give a better idea of the history and doctrine of
Modern Movements among Mohammedans. By Samuel
Graham Wilson. New York, Revell. Pp. 305. 1916. Price
It was once common to hear advocates of Christian Union
point to the Mohammedan world as an example of unity in
religion. We know now that Mohammedism is torn with sectarian spirit quite as much as Christianity and that the Persian
Mohammedans are as different from Turkish Mohammedans
as Protestants are from Catholics.
Avoiding technical terms as much as possible, the book under discussion has given a most readable account of new forces
at work in the world under the dominion of the prophet. Old
superstitions are being rejected and the cry, back to the Koran is heard. Place is being found for a higher view of women and a better relationship with Christians. The influence of modern colleges among the Mohammedans is one
of the most outstanding influences, but the deeper currents of
Persian interpretation are leading the followers of the prophet
to a more spiritual view. Missionary activity of a teaching
sort is arising, especially in the Sudan. Of these matters and
many others, the book is a reliable and readable account that
should be in every missionary library, and should be interesting and significant to the student of comparative religion.
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