JoAnn Borovicka, “Fact or Myth? Understanding What We Can and Cannot Assume When the Central Figures Cite Biblical Stories,” Aug. 18

Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Because of the authenticity of the Bahá’í Writings, one might assume that when a Central Figure of the Faith mentions a character or event from an ancient religious tradition, that mention confirms the factual validity of the story. However, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá indicates that a more nuanced understanding is called for. He states, “When certain matters are actually myths, the Divine Manifestations bring them out as though they were real and elucidate them.” (Amr va Khalq 2:211)

This presentation examines discourses of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdul-Bahá as well as guidance from the Guardian and the Universal House of Justice that shed light on what we can and cannot assume when Central Figures of the Faith cite traditional stories.

JoAnn Borovicka  is the author of Light of the Kingdom—Biblical Topics in the Baha’i Writings and other works (see and is co-author of Crossing the Line—A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Change. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where, in addition to research and writing, she is active in social justice endeavors as well as studio art.


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