Date of Defense



Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Falk

Second Advisor

Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Reish


The Bahai religion is the fastest growing religion in the world. Bahai is also the second most dispersed religion next to Christianity. Courses in Bahai have begun to spring up in academic institutions around the country and their houses of worship draw millions of interested people each year. The Bahais are recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization and they also enjoy consultative status with UNICEF. For a religion that has been in existence for approximately 150years, Bahai has accomplished a great deal. So what is it about the Bahai religion that is attracting such a large number of converts, converts that come from diverse religious backgrounds and many places around the world? What does their message have to offer that all of the other existing religions do not? What is their future? The following investigation is an attempt to answer these questions and many more.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only