By Mirzá Abu'l-Fadl Gulpáygání, Translated by Juan Ricardo Cole
Originally published in 1900, in Cairo, Miracles and Metaphors
is now available in English translation. Mirzá Abu'l-Fadl
in this collection of essays and short commentaries writes on the
most significant religious and metaphysical topics with an originality
that is both startling and refreshing. His rational approach to
religion renders the book modern and challenging.
Here are collected Bahá'í answers to old religious
controversies: Are the Scriptures to be taken literally? Do miracles
occur? What is an angel? Are the stories of the Old Testament to
be believed? When first published, the answers to these questions
provoked heated controversy among Egyptian intellectuals. Some,
such as Mustafá Kamil and Shaykh 'Alí Yúsuf,
greeted them with enthusiasm. Others thundered their condemnations.
The book is as relevant today as it was then, and is required reading
for any serious student of the Bahá'í Faith.
Retail price: $19.95 paperback