Three new articles published on the Bahá’í World website explore legacy of colonialism and pursuit of reconciliation; diversity and oneness; and modernity.

Bahá’í World Publication: New articles explore reconciliation, identity, modernity

January 19, 2023

BAHÁ’Í WORLD CENTRE — The online publication The Bahá’í World has released three new articles.

“The Crisis of Identity” explores how the Bahá’í principle of the oneness of humanity can resolve the seemingly intractable tension between oneness and diversity. “Paradoxically,” writes the author, “even as the need for a deeply felt sense of human oneness has grown more obvious, categories of ‘us’ and ‘them’ have multiplied and become more salient around the globe.”

Another article, titled “Rising to the Challenge of Reconciliation,” analyzes the legacy of colonialism and racism in Canada and examines the profound, multifaceted process of social transformation that genuine reconciliation implies.

The essay “Modernity as an Age of Transition” asks the question: What if “modernity” were to be reconceptualized as a period of humanity’s collective adolescence? Such a perspective, proposes the author, opens the way for new and far-reaching patterns of intellectual activity that can contribute to building the foundations of a civilization befitting humanity’s collective maturity.

The Bahá’í World website presents a collection of essays and long-form articles that explore themes of relevance to the progress and well-being of humanity, highlight advancements in the worldwide Bahá’í community at the levels of thought and action, and reflect on the dynamic history of the Bahá’í Faith.