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Bryan Donaldson
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Lessons of the Civil War
I recently came across this quote by Ron Chernow in his book Grant : For all the endless horrors of [the Civil War], Grant believed the country was stronger for having endured it: “We are better off now than we would have been without it and have made more ...
Lessons of the Civil War
Lessons of the Civil War
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Humor of Baha'u'llah
When a Baha'i goes on pilgrimage, they sign up for a formal 9 days in the Holy Land, marked by a few guided tours, talks, a hike or two up the terraces, and long visits to the shrines of Baha'u'llah and the Bab.  When I went in early 2001, Mrs. Grossman was...
Humor of Baha'u'llah
Humor of Baha'u'llah
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Vanquishing Racism
"Woe to the vanquished!" Shouted Brennus as he threw his sword on the scales. He had just finished sacking Rome and was weighing out the 1,000 pounds of gold that the defending Romans would pay to ransom the remainder of the city. After a complaint that the...
Vanquishing Racism
Vanquishing Racism
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Thoughts on the Far Right
I originally wrote this in September of 2009. At first I didn't share it here to avoid the association it might give the Baha'i Faith to a political ideology. After the white nationalists killing people in Virginia this weekend, my thoughts went back to thi...
Thoughts on the Far Right
Thoughts on the Far Right
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Waiting for My real life to begin.
I've been told I'm not normal. I sleep too little or too much. My light is usually on when all other lights go out, and though I'm perceived as being a public personality, I'm in fact incredibly private in some ways. When people ask me what my dreams are or...
Waiting for My real life to begin.
Waiting for My real life to begin.
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The Decline of Christianity
There is a clear trend in America: religion is on the decline . Go visit just about any church in the United States, and you'll see a lot more retired people than you do college students. This trend shows no signs of reversing. The "unaffiliated" saw a 6.7 ...
The Decline of Christianity
The Decline of Christianity
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Churches and Chicken
My city is segregated by affluence and poverty.  Drive west in Nashville and you'll find old money, the bourgeoisie, and white coeds sipping $5 tea. Drive north and you'll find Fisk University, mostly poor black and some white people, and the roads always n...
Churches and Chicken
Churches and Chicken
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Battle of Armageddon
Baha'u'llah is not just the Prophet of the Baha'i Faith. He taught that religion is periodically and progressively revealed from age to age to advance material and spiritual civilization to new heights. All the great religions of the world teach of a Promis...
Battle of Armageddon
Battle of Armageddon
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How Many Baha'is Are in the World?
I found some! How many Baha'is are in the world? The correct answer is: nobody knows. But there is a deep primordial need for Baha'is and non-Baha'is alike to somehow gauge the relative success and strength of the world religions. This need is most easily m...
How Many Baha'is Are in the World?
How Many Baha'is Are in the World?
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Hotels, Ruhi, and an Inherently Implausible Goal
I'm paid to care about you. Baha'is and hotels are running into similar problems The century leading up to 1960 was an era of grand hotels. Palace-like, they catered to the rich and provided a unique, personal experience because they were mostly independent...
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