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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

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

How Our Questions Propel the Search after Truth

Christopher Buck | Oct 4, 2020

Two Questions About “Questions” as an Attribute of God

Christopher Buck | Sep 27, 2020


Voices of Earth and Sky – Discovering Indigenous Holy Ones

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Sep 23, 2020

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Four Sacred Songs

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Sep 6, 2020

Honoring Indigenous Customs: Promoting Reciprocal Respect

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Aug 9, 2020


How Dreams Prove the World Beyond

Christopher Buck | Aug 7, 2020

Was Baha’u’llah the Return of Krishna?

Christopher Buck | Aug 2, 2020

The Return of Krishna: Which One?

Christopher Buck | Jul 26, 2020


Why the Indigenous Messengers of God Matter

Christopher Buck , Kevin Locke | Jul 19, 2020

How to Learn About the Writings of Baha’u’llah – Online

Christopher Buck | May 7, 2020

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

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