Religion and Civilization
Throughout history, the primary agents of spiritual development have been the great religions.
For the majority of the earth’s people, the scriptures of each of these systems of belief have served, in Bahá’u’lláh’s words, as “the City of God”, a source of a knowledge that totally embraces consciousness, one so compelling as to endow the sincere with “a new eye, a new ear, a new heart, and a new mind”.
A vast literature, to which all religious cultures have contributed, records the experience of transcendence reported by generations of seekers.
Down the millennia, the lives of those who responded to intimations of the Divine have inspired breathtaking achievements in music, architecture, and the other arts, endlessly replicating the soul’s experience for millions of their fellow believers.
No other force in existence has been able to elicit