New Talk: The Role of Religion in Today’s Society by Tom Price

Tom Price-Role Religion Todays Society 864x500Tom Price delivers a talk titled ‘The Role of Religion in Today’s Society’ at the Hornsby Baha’i Centre of Learning in Sydney, Australia.

Tom Price’s talks have been extremely popular on Baha’i Blog, and a lot of our readers have been requesting that we post more Baha’i-related talks on the site, so we hope you enjoy this one too!

A very special thanks to Loretta Safajou for organizing the talk, and to Qi-Jie of Nonagon Productions for helping Baha’i Blog capture the talk, and to Bobby Aazami of Fiona+Bobby Photography for the photo.

Happy listening!

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  1. Another beautiful talk by Tom Price. Everything he said is logical and correct, but, do humans always act and operate based on logic and reason? The present world situation says a big no!
    O Son Of Desire! Give ear unto this: Never shall mortal eye recognize the everlasting beauty, nor the lifeless heart delight in aught but in the withered bloom…………….The Hidden Words, 10 Per.

  2. Tom’s done it again.

    Such a mild mannered yet manly voice and charming accent described by some as mid-Atlantic English from that non-existing point in the ocean where there’s neither American nor British English. In fact there’s so much wise advice in Tom’s presentation countering the new atheism that I’m hoping a transcript exists?

    Maybe with the text in hand I’ll more fully comprehend what he means about thanking atheists for their new extremist approach of putting down believers and converting the masses to atheism. If I captured Tom’s words correctly, no sure bet, these atheists attack organized religion; to a lesser extent God and spirituality are under their same attack and in the process they make millions of dollars selling untruthful books that lead non-atheists into the darkness of disbelief. Baha’u’llah’s “Súriy-i-Mulúk”, (Súrih of the Kings) cited below prima facie unmasks an alternative understanding of dire warning I feel:

    “Know thou for a certainty that whoso disbelieveth in God is neither trustworthy nor truthful. This, indeed, is the truth, the undoubted truth. He that acteth treacherously towards God will, also, act treacherously towards his king. Nothing whatever can deter such a man from evil, nothing can hinder him from betraying his neighbour, nothing can induce him to walk uprightly.”

    What seems questionable to me is that we should be thankful to these atheists as suggested by Tom if I’ve heard his talk correctly. I’d like to see a full transcript because there seems to be more at stake and more to be consulted on than his talk presents in that these atheists are virtually evil.

    Baha’i love


  3. Great Talk! Always enjoyable to hear Tom Price! I highly recommend!

    Paul, I know Tom well, and what he’s conveying about “thanking the athesists” is a beautiful message of recognizing the truth in their words. These athesists are pointing out and rejecting valid problems with religion. These are the same problems we as Baha’is strive to fix in the world!

  4. Yes I can see and agree with your frame of reference for I too admire Tom’s presentations and his devoted service year in, year out. Is this the same Tom Price who was maestro at the 1992 Baha’i Congress in New York? During my ‘youth’ year of service in Poland in 1995 there was a wonderful Baha’i travelling group of singers touring Easter Europe called Wild Fire if I recall correctly? Was Tom involved also in that sacrificial project?

    I’d greatly appreciate a transcript of his most recent talk on atheism when you’re chatting next with Tom. I have defective hearing which makes spoken presentations a challenge. Some times background noise and recording glitches interfere too. Perhaps it’s available in a book?

    Baha’i love


      1. Hi! Sadly, we do not have a transcript of this talk. But thank you for asking and for following Baha’i Blog.

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