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Christopher
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Pittsburgh, PA

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
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12 Indigenous Commandments from The Gospel of the Redman

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Sep 17, 2022
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William Sears and The Gospel of the Redman

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Sep 11, 2022
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Multiple Messiahship: Baha’u’llah as the Return of the Prophets

Christopher Buck | Aug 22, 2022

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Does Nature Itself Have a Spiritual Purpose?

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Aug 14, 2022
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When Patricia Locke Embraced the Baha’i Faith

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Aug 7, 2022
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Community Building and the Indigenous Concept of Two-Eyed Seeing

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jul 24, 2022

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Baha’u’llah’s “Nine Modes” of Revelation: A Fathomless Ocean

Christopher Buck | Jul 19, 2022
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Indigenous Transformers: Heroes, Tricksters, Monsters, and Caretakers

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jul 16, 2022
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How the Australian Aboriginal Divine Messengers Appeared

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jun 22, 2022

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Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (“All Are Related”): White Buffalo Calf Woman

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jun 4, 2022
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Encouraging Indigenous Land and Spiritual Acknowledgements

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | May 19, 2022
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The Symbolism of Corn as the Seed of Faith

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | May 13, 2022

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Iyatiku – Corn Woman – Acoma Pueblo Messenger of God

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Apr 30, 2022
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Baha’u’llah’s Nine Modes of Discourse – Including Prophecies

Christopher Buck | Apr 23, 2022
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How Did Indigenous Americans Get There?

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Mar 28, 2022

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The Ancient Connections Between East and West

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Mar 21, 2022
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“Distant Time:” Understanding Indigenous Talking Animal Tales

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Mar 13, 2022
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The Search for Truth: Finding Marumda

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Mar 5, 2022

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