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Christopher
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Christopher Buck (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1996; J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2006) is an attorney (Pittsburgh), independent scholar, faculty instructor at the Wilmette Institute (2001–present, Department of Bahá’í History & Texts, distance education), and former professor at Michigan State University (2000–2004, visiting assistant professor), Quincy University (1999–2000, visiting assistant professor), Millikin University (1997–1999, assistant professor) and Carleton University (1994–1996, sessional lecturer). Dr. Buck is the author of several books, including: Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (2021); God & Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University); Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011); Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy (2005), Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Baha'i Faith (1999), Symbol and Secret: Qur'an Commentary in Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i Iqan (1995/2004), and Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations (co-author, 2011). He has also contributed chapters in such books as: Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2021); Winds of Change: The Challenge of Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa (2019, three chapters); The Baha’i Faith and African American History (2019, two chapters); Abdu’l-Baha’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity (2013); Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities (2012); American Writers: “David Bottoms” (2018), “Deganawida, the Peacemaker” (2016); “Kahlil Gibran” (2010); and “Alain Locke” (2004); British Writers: “Ninian Smart” (2018); and “Edward Granville Browne” (2015); The Islamic World (2008); and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006/2017). He has published a number of academic journal articles and encyclopedia articles as well. As for popular, online articles, Buck has contributed over 350 articles to BahaiTeachings.org, and has collaborated with Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota, translation “First to Rise”), renowned Lakota hoop dancer and flutist, on the ongoing “Indigenous Messengers of God” series (80 articles so far, culminating in three articles on “Indigenous Land and Spiritual Acknowledgments”). In 2021, Buck and Locke teamed up to teach an online course, “The Great Spirit Speaks: Voices of the Wise Ones” (offered three times in 2021, by popular demand).

BY Christopher Buck
JUSTICE
Why a Global Second Language Should Be Our First Priority

Why a Global Second Language Should Be Our First Priority

Christopher Buck | Feb 21, 2024
RELIGION
The Covenant: What Keeps the Baha'i Faith Unified?

The Covenant: What Keeps the Baha’i Faith Unified?

Christopher Buck | Jan 14, 2024
RELIGION
What Is the Universal House of Justice?

What Is the Universal House of Justice?

Christopher Buck | Jan 9, 2024

RELIGION
How Can We Spiritualize Economics?

How Can We Spiritualize Economics?

Christopher Buck | Jan 2, 2024
RELIGION
Universal Education: Can It Change the World?

Universal Education: Can It Change the World?

Christopher Buck | Dec 27, 2023
RELIGION
Religions Should Unify – But How?

Religions Should Unify – But How?

Christopher Buck | Nov 21, 2023

RELIGION
When New, Authentic Baha’i Teachings Come to Light

When New, Authentic Baha’i Teachings Come to Light

Christopher Buck | Nov 16, 2023
RELIGION
The Rainbow Circle: When a Black Church Welcomes All Colors

The Rainbow Circle: When a Black Church Welcomes All Colors

Christopher Buck , Steven Kolins | Oct 14, 2023
JUSTICE
Examining the Unique Spiritual Qualities of Women

Examining the Unique Spiritual Qualities of Women

Christopher Buck | Sep 27, 2023

SCIENCE
The Harmony of Religion and Science: Both Principle and Prophecy

The Harmony of Religion and Science: Both Principle and Prophecy

Christopher Buck | Sep 16, 2023
RELIGION
The Search for Truth as Principle and Prophecy

The Search for Truth as Principle and Prophecy

Christopher Buck | Aug 16, 2023
RELIGION
Abolition of Prejudice as Principle and Prophecy

Abolition of Prejudice as Principle and Prophecy

Christopher Buck | Aug 10, 2023

JUSTICE
Women’s Equality: Baha'i Principle and Prophecy

Women’s Equality: Baha’i Principle and Prophecy

Christopher Buck | Jun 13, 2023
RELIGION
The Baha'i Faith: 15 Completely New and Distinctive Principles

The Baha’i Faith: 15 Completely New and Distinctive Principles

Christopher Buck | Jun 6, 2023
RELIGION
Caroline Simpson: Early Baha’i Advocate of Interracial Unity

Caroline Simpson: Early Baha’i Advocate of Interracial Unity

Christopher Buck , Steven Kolins | May 24, 2023

RELIGION
A Christian Reverend’s Baha'i Intellectual Odyssey and Spiritual Quest

A Christian Reverend’s Baha’i Intellectual Odyssey and Spiritual Quest

Christopher Buck , Steven Kolins | May 17, 2023
RELIGION
A Black Minister’s – and a New Baha’i’s – Advice on Promoting Race Amity

A Black Minister’s – and a New Baha’i’s – Advice on Promoting Race Amity

Christopher Buck , Steven Kolins | May 10, 2023
RELIGION
Why Would a Harlem Preacher Visit Africa to Teach the Baha’i Faith?

Why Would a Harlem Preacher Visit Africa to Teach the Baha’i Faith?

Christopher Buck , Steven Kolins | May 3, 2023

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