Age of consent

On the Talisman discussion list, a participant noted:

We appear to have three somewhat contradictory choices for the age of consent, according to Sen: 14 years old; 15 years old; or “unknown” / not yet decided

The reason the question comes up, is that there’s a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi that says “There is no specific minimum age mentioned in the Baha’i teachings at which girls may marry,” yet there is a specific minimum age for marriage given in the Kitab-e Aqdas. They can’t both be right. Or can they?

There’s a way of having your cake and eating it to, squaring the circle, even perhaps escaping the iron law of the excluding middle (see my profile).

A letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi (probably in 1943, since part of the letter was published in Bahai News, in January 1944) says:

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