Book Review: “Revelation and Social Reality”

{josquote}The educator Paulo Freire defines praxis as “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it.”{/josquote}

Here is a review I did last summer of Paul Lample’s book, “Revelation and Social Reality” for the monthly journal sent out to members of the Baha’i community in Canada. I’m not sure when it’s going to appear in print, so I guess this is an advance edition. It is written with a Baha’i audience in mind but it’s easy to understand. Comments are always appreciated.

Paul Lample
Revelation and Social Reality: Learning to Translate What is Written into Reality
West Palm Beach, Florida: Palabra Press, 2009
293pp. $12.95

{josquote}Lample writes that the primary focus of the book is “the exploration of how the Bahá’í world comes to understand Bahá’u’llah’s teachings and translate them into action”{/josquote}

In Paul Lample’s first major work, Creating a New Mind: Reflections on the Individual, the Institutions and the Community, he offered a collection of short, analytical meditations about the relationship between individual and social transformation in the Bahá’í writings. Revelation and Social Reality: Learning to Translate What is Written into Reality continues many of the same themes in the form of a sustained argument. It is a wide-ranging work of practical scholarship that grapples with social theory and epistemology in the context of Bahá’u’lláh’s revelation and the experience of the Bahá’í world community.

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