• Ascent of Society

Ascent of Society

The Social Imperative in Personal Salvation

An illuminating examination of the relationship between individual spiritual development and the collective advancement of civilisation.

In The Purpose of Physical Reality John Hatcher compared the physical world to a classroom designed by God to stimulate individual spiritual growth and to prepare us for birth into a spiritual existence. But how does personal spiritual development translate into social experience? Is involvement with others necessary for one to evolve spiritually? Hatcher analyses these questions and more in The Ascent of Society: The Social Imperative in Personal Salvation.

This penetrating study describes the objective of personal spiritual growth as an "ever-expanding sense of self" that requires social relationships in order to develop. Hatcher focuses on the Bahá'í belief that human history is a divinely guided process in which spiritual principles are gradually and progressively expressed in social institutions. He demonstrates that the aspirant to spiritual transformation cannot view personal health and development as being possible apart from the progress of human society as a whole.

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  • Contributors:: John Hatcher (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 224 x 23 mm | 499 g
  • Publisher: Baha'i Publishing (USA), 2007
  • ISBN: 9781931847520
  • Categories:: Maturation of Humanity

About John Hatcher

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 Bahá'í theology and scripture. He and his family live on a farm near Plant City, Florida.

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