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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

The Pawnee Homecoming, and What It Means to Live on Native Land

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jun 10, 2021

Indigenous Land and Spiritual Acknowledgment

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jun 7, 2021

The Public Reacts to the First Race Amity Convention in 1921

Christopher Buck | May 31, 2021


Baha’u’llah’s Book of Certitude: Illuminating Spiritual Wisdom

Christopher Buck | May 29, 2021

100 Years Ago, Americans Came Together for Racial Amity

Christopher Buck | May 23, 2021

The First “Convention for Amity Between the Races”

Christopher Buck | May 21, 2021


Justice, Unity, Consultation: The Power to Transform the World

Christopher Buck | Mar 11, 2021

Wesakechak, the Cree Sacred Lawgiver and Trickster

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Feb 15, 2021

Gluskap: Trickster, Transformer, Teacher

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Feb 11, 2021


America’s Black Newspaper and the Baha’i Faith

Christopher Buck | Dec 10, 2020

Dr. David Ruhe’s Tribute to Indigenous Messengers of God

Christopher Buck | Nov 26, 2020

How the Founder of America’s Most Important Black Newspaper Became a Baha’i

Christopher Buck | Nov 24, 2020


The Cheyenne Messenger Sweet Medicine’s Sacred Teachings

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Nov 19, 2020

The Fate of Baha’u’llah’s Faithful Servant Isfandiyar

Christopher Buck | Nov 17, 2020

Sweet Medicine’s Baha’i-like Path of Spiritual Brotherhood

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Nov 12, 2020


More on Isfandiyar, the Former Slave Baha’u’llah Set Free

Christopher Buck | Nov 10, 2020

Delving into Baha’u’llah’s Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

Christopher Buck | Oct 18, 2020

Baha’i “Theosis”: Exemplifying Godly Attributes by Acquiring Virtues

Christopher Buck | Oct 10, 2020

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