Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Bahá’í Ethics

  • Will C. van den Hoonaard
  • Jordan B. van den Hoonaard
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_349-1

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Introduction

Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892), Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, has left a rich legacy of sacred scripture, the equivalent of 100 volumes, each comprised of some 400 pages. No less significant is the example of the dynamic force of his life as an exile and prisoner. His teachings and life can be a daunting enterprise to anyone who wishes to extract the essence of Bahá’í ethics. The Hidden Words, a compilation of aphorisms dating from the earliest days of the mission of Bahá’u’lláh expresses the heart of his ethical teachings (Bahá’u’lláh 1985). That work is a “distillation of the spiritual guidance contained in the successive revelations of God” (Bahá’í International Community 1997).

The Bahá’í Revelation highlights, nay emphasizes, the coming world order based on the concept of the unity of humankind, a system based on justice, and the recognition of ourselves as having a common spiritual obligation and purpose to serve humanity. To...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Will C. van den Hoonaard
    • 1
  • Jordan B. van den Hoonaard
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Deborah C. Poff
    • 1
  1. 1.Leading with IntegrityOttawaCanada