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In Lieu of a Conclusion

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The process of establishing the Baha'i religion in West Africa, in the first ten years, was a complex one, involving pioneers from three different continents bringing different messages and different religious practices with them. Mose Tanyi claimed that he could see "no great difference" between Christianity and the Baha'i faith. He had opted for the latter, perhaps, to escape from missionary control and oppression. Questions of conversion and identity will also be prominent in any consideration of the Baha'i Church of Calabar. Another pattern that emerges from this study of the early years of the Baha'i faith in West Africa is the highly uneven effectiveness of Baha'i teaching efforts. The teachings of the Baha'i religion were selectively transmitted to Africans by Iranian and American pioneers, who carefully distinguished between the essentials of faith and 'secondary' matters.

Keywords:Baha'i; Baha'i Church of Calabar; Christianity; Mose Tanyi; West Africa


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