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At a summer school in 2009, Dr. Steven Phelps delivered a talk about the Bahai Faith and Atheism. In my opinion, it moved beyond the traditional dialogue on the matter as it had a new perspective and a fresh approach. I appreciated it and I think there are many more who will find it very useful for their personal deepening and understanding of the matter. Here is a transcript of the talk, revised and edited by Dr. Steven Phelps himself. You can access the document here The Bahai Faith and Atheism by Dr. Steven Phelps. Enjoy.

In the Hidden Words of Bahaullah we can read that God “have engraved on thee Mine image”. Could this mean that as God is for example the All-Loving, we should strive to be loving? Naturally this would not apply to all of the Attributes and Names of God but maybe it could be of use to know what Attributes and Names of God we can find in the Bahai Writings. With this in mind, I made a very quick list using the prayer-book (the edition that one can find in Ocean) and came up with the result that you can find attached to this post. A fair disclaimer is that this list is far from comprehensive and should be taken as a draft, just an interesting thing, nothing more. Here is the list Attributes and Names of God.

For those who have studied book 6 in the Institute Courses, have seen the suggested outline of presenting the Bahai Faith. The first section of that outline, introduces the fundamentals of the Bahai Faith. In this compilation, I have put together quotes from the Bahai Writings on these fundamentals of the Bahai Faith such as the Unknowable Essence of God, The Manifestations of God, Progressive Revelation and so on. I hope it will be of use for you. You can find the compilation here Fundamental Verities of Bahai Faith

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