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Closing the Frontier in 1890 and the Baha'i Faith
02-12-2010, 07:32 AM
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Closing the Frontier in 1890 and the Baha'i Faith
THE FRONTIER

In 1893 the American Historical Association held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As the site of both Frederick Jackson Turner’s legendary speech, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” and the celebration of the Exposition in Chicago as the “horizontal” “White City” of “the future,” this provocative affiliation was meaningful for many reasons. Perhaps the most notable reason was what each suggested about what it meant to be an American in 1893. Turner’s speech at that World’s Fair not only lamented the official closing of the American frontier by the Census Bureau in 1890 but in the speech Turner was obsessed with the role of the frontier in the formation of a distinctly American national identity.(1)

All of this had more than a little significance for the then embryonic international Baha’i community which in 1893 was planning to send its first pioneers to the USA from the Middle East. In 1893, too, the name of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith Who had died the previous year in Palestine, was first mentioned in Chicago on the American continent by Dr. Henry H. Jessup at the Parliament of Religions held in conjunction with that Columbian Exposition. Chicago became, for the Baha’is, that ‘White City’ in a way quite unpredictable in 1893. When the Mother temple of the West was completed in 1953 in Chicago it signalled the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth for a world religion which by that year had some 200,000 adherents, ninety per-cent of whom lived in Iran.-Ron Price with thanks to (1) Catherine Gouge, “The American Frontier: History, Rhetoric, Concept,” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Spring 2007, Volume 6, Issue 1.

Of pomp and circumstance, of any
manifestations of public rejoicing
or of popular applause, there were
none to greet this first intimation of
the existence and purpose of the new
Revelation proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh.

Announced through the mouth of an
avowed supporter of ecclesiasticism,(1)
of the narrow variety which this Faith
itself had challenged & sought in time
to extirpate; characterized at its birth as
a heterodox and obscure offshoot of a
contemptible creed, the Message of the
Most Great Name is now fed by streams
of unceasing trial and warmed by bright
sunshine from more than a century of a
tender and loving care. It is now driving
its roots deep into America’s genial soil
with a wonderful and thrilling motion all
over the world of existence as a Kingdom
of God enters the end of its sixth decade!!

(1) Dr. H.H. Jessup, a Presbyterian missionary in the Middle East for 54 years; he died in 1910.

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02-12-2010, 08:22 AM (This post was last modified: 02-12-2010 08:25 AM by Raphael.)
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(02-12-2010 07:32 AM)RonPrice Wrote:  THE FRONTIER


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I MUST consider your faith Ron to be more TRUTHFUL than most...
At least your faith is NOT IGNORANT of what divinity looks like in a symbol.

Folks might want to consider why the SWASTIKA and the STAR of DAVID are intertwined**.

Maybe you could point out to the sheeple why Ron.
The folks on this forum think I am nutz.
But Ron and me, know better. Wink

namaste

** actually if some of the folks on this forum want to really get a head start on their next incarnation....
look at this pillar as a 'totem pole' ... could those symbols represent stages,or levels...

shleep on it folks.

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06-19-2010, 07:01 AM
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(02-12-2010 08:22 AM)Raphael Wrote:  
(02-12-2010 07:32 AM)RonPrice Wrote:  THE FRONTIER
Ron Price
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Baha'i Temple, Chicago
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I MUST consider your faith Ron to be more TRUTHFUL than most...
At least your faith is NOT IGNORANT of what divinity looks like in a symbol.

Folks might want to consider why the SWASTIKA and the STAR of DAVID are intertwined**.

Maybe you could point out to the sheeple why Ron.
The folks on this forum think I am nutz.
But Ron and me, know better. Wink

namaste

** actually if some of the folks on this forum want to really get a head start on their next incarnation....
look at this pillar as a 'totem pole' ... could those symbols represent stages,or levels...

shleep on it folks.
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Apologies for taking so many months to get back to you, Raphael; I just saw your post for the first time tonight. As far as the swastika is concerned let me say that there is archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dating from the Neolithic period in Ancient India--that is before 10,000 B.P. It occurs mainly in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It remains widely used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Though once commonly used all over much of the world without stigma, because of its iconic usage in Nazi Germany the symbol has become stigmatized in the Western world, notably even outlawed in Germany.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipeida.

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06-23-2010, 11:32 PM
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