For Good Of Mankind - August Forel And The Baha'i Faith
by John Paul Vader
A study of the great Swiss scientist.
August Forel is well-known among Bahá'ís as the recipient of one of the most weighty Tablets ever written by 'Abdu'l-Bahá. This book is an original and comprehensive study of the great Swiss scientist in his relationship to the Bahá'í Faith and particularly his activities as a Bahá'í during the last ten years of his life. It is based on entirely new research, including papers specially made available from Forel's family and the extensive library holdings of Forel's works and papers in Switzerland.
August Forel (1848-1931) was one of Switzerland's most eminent scientists, world-renowned as a psychiatrist, entomologist and anatomist. He was also prominent as a social reformer and peace-worker. He became a member of the Bahá'í Faith in 1921, but his activities as a Bahá'í have remained practically unknown to Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís alike.
This book describes how Forel, on accepting the Bahá'í Faith at the age of seventy-three, immediately set about propagating this message of reconciliation, harmony and peace. It also examines Forel's religious beliefs both before and after he became a Bahá'í, and it highlights how the understanding of Bahá'ís of their own religion, especially in the West, was greatly expanded and deepened under the guidance of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. Finally, in a fusion of scholarly research and human sympathy, the book enables the reader to appreciate more fully the man who was described as 'a great citizen of the Universal Brotherhood'.
John Paul Vader was born in Michigan in 1950 and became a Bahá'í in 1969. Three years later he went to live in Switzerland where he studied medicine at the University of Lausanne, qualifying in 1978. It was during a year's work in psychiatry that the author became interested in August Forel and decided to write his doctoral dissertation on professor Forel's relationship to the Bahá'í Faith, then little-known outside Bahá'í circles.
'I congratulate you with all my heart and, as August Forel's granddaughter, I thank you in the name of our family for this publication.'
Anne Marie Krugger-Brauns (daughter of Martha and Arthur Brauns-Forel)
'You have succeeded in remarkably portraying the breadth and especially the diversity of the encyclopaedic spirit of my father.'
144 pages, 16 illustrations
21 x 13.8 cm. (8 x 5.5 in)