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The Guardian and the protection of the Faith

Posted by Sen on July 15, 2019

[This post no longer represents my views: as a result of the discussion in the “comments” section I have come to the view that “protection” and “protecting” are essential attributes of infallibility, and that one must begin with the definitions of infallibility given by Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha, and only then — from that perspective — look at the scope of the infallibilities recognized in Abdu’l-Baha’s Will and Testament and in Shoghi Effendi’s writings regarding the spheres of the Guardian and the House of Justice. ]

… as he [the Guardian] is infallible in the protection of the Faith” (1956)

… he is guided in his decisions to do that which protects it and fosters its good and highest interest ” (1945)

I will not attempt here to define what ‘inerrancy’ and ‘infallibility’ mean in the Bahai teachings, focusing instead on an interesting question about the scope of the infallibility of the Guardian.
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He cannot override …

Posted by Sen on December 30, 2008

wobIn Shoghi Effendi’s 1934 letter ‘The Dispensation of Baha’u’llah,’ there’s a well-known paragraph in which he says that “the Guardian of the Faith has been made the Interpreter of the Word and that the Universal House of Justice has been invested with the function of legislating …”. I want to look at the paragraph after that, which deals with the fact that the Guardian is a member of the House of Justice; so that while the spheres of the two institutions are distinct, their memberships overlap. How would that work, with the Guardian or his representative in the room, while the House of Justice was making its decisions?
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