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At 04:30 PM 1/25/2014, Don C wrote:
>I recently found an old pamphlet entitled “The 
>World Religion A summary of Its Aims, Teachings 
>and History by SHOGHI EFFENDI Guardian of the 
>Bahá'i Faith” as reprinted Jan 1941.

The first two paragraphs from the statement 
appear inside the back cover of each issue of 
"The Journal of Baha'i Studies", which is 
probably where people are most likely to have encountered it.

I see that there is a reference to the statement 
on the Lincoln, Nebraska Web site, where they 
refer to it as having been written in 1933:

Following up on that I noticed that a single 
phrase from the statement “scientific in its method,”[121] is referred to in:

"Shoghi Effendi’s The Dispensation of Bahá’u'lláh: A Theology of the Word"

by Jack McLean

Published in Lights of Irfan, Volume 9, pages 
239-280 (Wilmette, IL: Irfan Colloquia, 2008)

This document is also online as a formatted PDF; 
download from

The footnote (121) indicates the origin of the statement as:

"[121] Shoghi Effendi, letter of June 1933 to the 
High Commissioner of Palestine. Extract from 
Compilation of Letters and Extracts of Writings 
 From the Guardian Published in the Baháí News of 
the United States (December 1924 – November 1934), no. 85."

"This letter provides a cogent summary statement 
of the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith."


Likewise, the first two paragraphs are also 
referred to in a compilation on "Science and 
Technology" put together by the Research 
Department of the Universal House of Justice:

And the source is again identified as:

"(June 1933, from a letter written by Shoghi 
Effendi to the High Commissioner for Palestine)"


The entire statement is also online, but without 
identification of its source, at:'i/Authoritative_Baha'i/Shoghi_Effendi/Summary%20Statement%20-The%20World%20Religion.aspx

Possibly this rendering has its origins with the pamphlet that you found.

John B.

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