Baha'u'llah (1817-92) was the Prophet/Founder of the Baha'i Faith. He spent the entire period of His ministry (1852 - 92) as an exile and a prisoner of the Ottoman and Persian empires in formulating some revolutionary ideas/ideals to change the world and bring lasting peace and prosperity to an ailing humanity. Whether you come to accept Him as a prophet or not, you must hear the gist of what He had to say in some one hundred volumes of Writing, and this is the essence of it: 1) There is one God whose essence we will never be able to know, but we can know Him through His attributes (goodness) and trying to emulate it, 2) If there is one God, there is also one race (the human race) and we are all His children and must learn to live together and love one another, 3) If there is one God and one human race, there is also one religion that has come to humanity through time at different times and at different places with the same basic ideals, but 4) Although all religions agree on the essential issues, they may differ on social issues because of the exigencies of the time and place of their revelations. We will spend the majority of our time talking about those issues. (beginning with independent/unfettered/unbiased search for truth and universal and compulsory education)... until there is "peace on earth as it is in heaven".
Dr. Roger (iraj) K. Doost, Professor Emeritus