Footnotes to Anna presents the World Order
In The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha’i Community, 76, this reads “the formal and complete separation of Church and State.” But an earlier publication of this letter, in Bahai World vol. 3 1928-1930, page 119, refers to “the formal and complete separation of Church from State.” From an examination of other differences between the two versions (which are all minor), it appears to me that the text in Bahai Administration has been changed by an editor at his own initiative, but it remains possible that Shoghi Effendi has instructed that a mistake in the earlier text (Church from State) should be changed.
Shoghi Effendi writes:
“Regarding the method to be adopted for the election of the National Spiritual Assemblies …. In one of His earliest Tablets … addressed to a friend in Persia, the following is expressly recorded:-
“At whatever time all the beloved of God in each country appoint their delegates, and these in turn elect their representatives, and these representatives elect a body, that body shall be regarded as the Supreme Baytu’l-‘Adl (Universal House of Justice).” Bahai Administration 84
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