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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

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

How the Bab’s Laws Affect Modern Baha’i Life

Christopher Buck | Oct 20, 2019


The Influence of the Bab’s Teachings on Baha’i Belief

Christopher Buck | Oct 16, 2019

How the Bab’s New Calendar Transforms Time

Christopher Buck | Oct 13, 2019

The Bab’s Influence on Baha’i Devotions

Christopher Buck | Oct 9, 2019


The Bab’s Influence on Baha’i Life Today

Christopher Buck | Oct 3, 2019

What Does It Mean to Be “Trans-religious?”

Christopher Buck | Sep 12, 2019

5 Glimpses of the Afterlife from the Baha’i Writings

Christopher Buck | Aug 28, 2019


How We Can Begin to Understand Our Afterlife

Christopher Buck | Aug 21, 2019

Want to Add Some Inner Beauty?

Christopher Buck | May 12, 2019

Aboriginal and Baha’i: Merging Traditional and New

Christopher Buck | May 5, 2019


Bunjil the Aboriginal Deity and Why You Should Learn More About Him

Christopher Buck | Apr 21, 2019

Australian Aboriginal Identity and the Baha’i Faith

Christopher Buck | Apr 15, 2019

Quetzalcoatl and Indigenous Spiritual Truth

Christopher Buck | Apr 8, 2019


The Prophet the Book of Revelation Promised

Christopher Buck | Mar 22, 2019

The Book of Revelation, Chapter 20: A Baha’i Interpretation

Christopher Buck | Mar 18, 2019

Satan in Prophecy: Symbol or Superstition?

Christopher Buck | Feb 16, 2019

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