Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 8:00 pm EST
Webinar with John S. Hatcher
Where do we come from? What are our inherent powers? To what extent do we have free will? Do we retain individuality after death? If so, do we also retain any free will and our memories of our physical experience? To what extent is our eternal existence determined by our earthly lives? Is the Creator from whom we emanate a “Personal God” or does this concept simply designate the amalgamation of all the forces in the universe or some collective conscious? In the next life, will we encounter God? Will we retain our marital union in the life to come?
These and other foundational questions will form the basis for Professor Hatcher webinar examining human ontology (human nature). By alluding to critical passages in the authoritative Bahá’í texts, this presentation will explore some of the more abstruse, fascinating, and often misunderstood issues concerning human reality, in both the physical and the spiritual dimension of what Bahá’ís believe to be our eternal existence.
Dr. John S. Hatcher is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida where he taught for thirty-nine years and headed graduate studies in English Literature. A widely respected author and speaker, Professor Hatcher has published poems, articles, and over twenty-five books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. He presently serves as Editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies and is also part of a team translating Bahá’í texts from Persian and Arabic into English. He has served the Bahá’í Faith in various administrative capacities and has spoken on the Bahá’í Faith at such prominent universities as Oxford, McGill, Emory, the University of Maryland, and the University of Michigan. He presently has four books on the Bahá’í Faith contracted for future publication.