The Baha'i faith claims 6 million members around the world and is a growing religion, the faith claims to be the latest message of God and captures mans mind by its philosophical assertions. I researched the Baha'i faith as I have my own religion and became very familiar with its theology and teachings. Recently I was researching a religion called Manichaeism, I can find know other material, sites or articles on the net that talks about a connection between the 2 religions, so I could well be the first person to ever spot this connection! And this raises many questions towards the Baha'i faith! Manichaeism is a religion that came out of Zoroastrianism from the Persian ruled city of Bagdad by a Man called Mani about 200AD to 300AD, the prophet founder of Manichaeism is coincidently direct ancestry to the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith known as Baha'u'llah about 1850AD, this is because when reading about the Baha'i faith they make effort to point out Baha'u'llah was Persian royal descent and also Mani's mother was Persian royalty too. Many people will be familiar with the fact that most royal families across the world have a very good sense of genealogy and history going back hundreds and hundreds of years. Manichaeism is a religion that died down even though it had influence from western Europe to the Far East, Christian saints who were orignally part of the relgion converted to christianity and discredited the religion and other Christian followers wrote books to discredit the faith from both theology and reason. It was also cosidered heretical by Zoroastrianism. If there is a connection it raises many questions towards the Baha'i faith and the idea of progresive relavation. As you see I started a thread in the Baha'i forum http://www.comparative-religion.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4850 Thoughs of you aware of the Baha'i theology will see the conenction more clearly.