Baha'i Faith

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

The Reform Baha'is

In the process of researching the past few entries, I discovered yet another splinter group - the Reform Baha'is, created by someone named Frederick Glaysher. Back when AOL used to offer direct access to Usenet newsgroups, I noticed that Glaysher posted to the major unmoderated Baha'i newsgroups... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

The last gasp

There are two more groups that I need to discuss - groups which are not necessarily members of the mainstream Baha'i faith, but which merit discussion here. A Frenchman named Jacques Soghomonian has basically declared himself the fourth Guardian. He has followers in several areas of the world, and... Sign in to see full entry.

The Charles Mason Remey Society

One of the most confusing things about the behavior of Charles Mason Remey - the man who declared himself Guardian after Shoghi Effendi's death in 1957 - is that he appointed Donald Harvey as his successor, without first rescinding the appointment of Joel Bray Marangella as his successor. This... Sign in to see full entry.

Small potatoes - I mean, very small

I've found that there are several splinter groups that are off the religious radar, mostly for one reason: They were so small that they eventually went extinct. There was one group, for example, that went "out of business" when its most visible follower, John Carre, found out the leader was (in my... Sign in to see full entry.

The Tarbiyat Baha'i Community

The Tarbiyat Baha'i Community is the smallest Baha'i group that I've been able to find, at least of the ones that are still active. From what I've been able to dig up on the Web, there is apparently only one Tarbiyat group out there, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the closest, in terms of doctrine and... Sign in to see full entry.

Orthodox Baha'i Faith

The Orthodox Baha'i Faith is perhaps the largest of all the heretical splinter groups. It is the group that claims direct lineage from Charles Mason Remey, the man who claimed to have been appointed by Shoghi Effendi himself as the next Guardian of the Baha'i Faith. To refresh your memory on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Baha'is Under the Provisions of the Covenant

Today, I'll start a series on the various heretical splinter groups of the Baha'i faith. All of these groups share the same basic doctrines of the faith - racial equality (or race unity, in Baha'i terms), the equality of the genders, and so forth. The vast majority of the currently-extant splinter... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Covenant breaking groups

I have mentioned that Covenant-breaking is the only sin - to use Christian language - that can get an adherent excommunicated from the Baha'i World Faith (the mainstream group with international headquarters in Haifa, Israel, on Mt. Carmel). As I remember the definition of Covenant-breaking, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Constance Cumbey and the New Age Movement

Yes, the title of this entry seems totally irrelevant, until you realize that in her latest Blogspot entry, Constance Cumbey talks about the Baha'i faith and how New Age it truly is. She specifically objects to the fact that Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, apparently doesn't want to acknowledge this undeniable... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


I deliberately avoided using the word "obscure" in the title this time (or some variant of that word) because I was tired of finding creative ways to use it in the titles. Today, I wanted to deal with the concept of Manifestations of God. I don't know if I've mentioned this or not, but the idea of... Sign in to see full entry.

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