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Good to see you Sen. I guessed you would still be around in the background.B
Badger, your quote with "The Bahai theocracy, on the contrary, ..." is incomplete, making it misleading. The letter reads, "The Baha’i theocracy, on the contrary, is both divinely ordained as a system and, of course, based on the teachings of the Prophet Himself. This seems to reconcile the Guardian’s statement with Mr. Hofman’s."
David Hofman was one of the Bahais who believed in Bahai theocracy. He incorporated this belief into his commentary on the Will and Testament of Abdu'l-Baha, saying specifically that there had never been a theocracy, but there would be in the future. A study class in Los Angeles was reading Hofman's commentary, and noticed that it contradicts Shoghi Effendi on this point. For Shoghi Effendi, theocracies have existed and are a thing of the past, but for Hofman it is precisely the opposite. So Mrs. Oni finks, on behalf of the study class, wrote to ask for clarification.
By the way, the version of the Commentary that the study class was studying is not the same as the one currently published by George Ronald Publishers -- one glaring error in the older version have been corrected in the new version, and there are some minor changes.
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“This seems to reconcile the Guardian’s statement with Mr. Hofman’s,” according to the secretary. What needs to be reconciled, in their concepts of theocracy?senmcglinn.wordpress.com
All the best, Regards Tony