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In the Beginning Was a Word
In the Beginning Was a Word

In the Beginning Was a Word

How Language Knits Reality Together


374 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9781618511188

Rights: US & CA

Baha'i Publishing (Jan 2018)

Price: $18.00


In the Beginning Was a Word is an accessible discussion intended for those who find delight in the extraordinary capacity of language to express what is otherwise inexpressible. Though only vibrations in the air, words possess a power akin to that of the law of gravity, by which physical objects are drawn together by mutual attraction, or the law of love, which orders and unifies metaphysical reality. Language provides the threads with which we weave together the various parts of our lives and reality as a whole. Whether through individual reflection or in our collective effort to comprehend reality, we rely on language to name its parts, describe the relationships among them, and share as eloquently and accurately as possible the ultimate purpose underlying the counterpart association between the spiritual and physical dimensions. In addition to examining the essential power of language, this book focuses on how, throughout history, the Prophets or Manifestations of God have employed the Word to teach us subtle verities about this indissoluble bond so that we might acquire sufficient personal and social enlightenment to sustain our ever-advancing civilization.

Author Biography

John S. Hatcher holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia. He is a professor emeritus of English literature at the University of South Florida, Tampa. A widely published poet and distinguished lecturer, he has written numerous books on literature, philosophy, and Baha'i theology and scripture. He and his family live on a farm near Plant City, Florida.

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