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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, 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

Religion Renewed Means a New Religion

Christopher Buck | May 5, 2020

Kalki, the Hindus, and the Problem With Complex Prophecies

Christopher Buck | Apr 28, 2020

The Baha’i Festival of Naw-Ruz, Explained

Christopher Buck | Mar 19, 2020


How Would a Prophet Advise His Sons?

Christopher Buck | Feb 27, 2020

How Atonement Transforms the World

Christopher Buck | Feb 2, 2020

Baha’u’llah’s New Vision of Christ’s Atonement

Christopher Buck | Jan 26, 2020


How to Build Unity in a Dis-unified World

Christopher Buck | Jan 19, 2020

Alain Locke: the Pulitzer Prize, Legacy and Privacy

Christopher Buck | Jan 12, 2020

Zoroastrian Prophecies and the Baha’i Faith

Christopher Buck | Jan 5, 2020


The Zoroastrian Prophecies about the Bab and Baha’u’llah

Christopher Buck | Dec 29, 2019

The Parallels Between John the Baptist and the Bab

Christopher Buck | Dec 18, 2019

How Dreams Prove the World Beyond

Christopher Buck | Dec 8, 2019


How the World Beyond Influences this World

Christopher Buck | Dec 1, 2019

How We Make Progress In the World Beyond

Christopher Buck | Nov 24, 2019

What Will We Do In the World Beyond?

Christopher Buck | Nov 17, 2019


Christ’s New Name: The Glory of God

Christopher Buck | Nov 10, 2019

Christ’s New Name and the New Jerusalem

Christopher Buck | Nov 3, 2019

Baha’i Social Principles First Proclaimed by the Bab

Christopher Buck | Oct 24, 2019

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