As I note in the preface to this work, the essays contained in this compilation of discussions by my brother William S Hatcher and myself are focused on some of our insights into the purpose, function, and composition of what Baháulláh designates as His Most Holy Book, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the blueprint for a planetary community that will suffice for the Baháí era of human development, as well as the foundational laws, ordinances, and exhortations for that same social order. For while the Kitáb-i-Aqdas is often thought of as a compendium of the laws, ordinances, and exhortations of Baháulláh for this era, this work also contains the essential framework for an administrative ordernow firmly establishedthat, according to Shoghi Effendi, is the sole framework for Baháí Commonwealth of the future (The World Order of Baháulláh 152):
The inspiration for these essays is Baháulláhs Most Holy Book, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, which functions as the lynch pin between the two aspects of reality. By establishing the blueprint for the Baháí Commonwealthwhat Shoghi Effendi says should be regarded as far as this planetary life is concerned, as the furthermost limits in the organization of human society the Kitáb-i-Aqdas represents the translation of eternal justice into the fabric of human society, a perfect enshrinement of the law of love (p. xv).
The book begins with two essays on what would be my brothers several versions of his scientific proof of the existence of God. It then continues with two of my own essaysone discussing The Most Great Infallibility and a second proposing that the Kitáb-i-Aqdas unseals the choice wine that is the Kitáb-i-Íqán by explaining how the laws put into form and action the concepts conveyed in Baháulláhs explication of the doctrines and proofs that are the bulwark for the framework of Baháí theological thought.
The remaining essays deal with a miscellany of topics related to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: gender distinction, penology, the principle of causality as it relates to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, and the overarching concept of spirituality which the Kitáb-i-Aqdas enshrines in individual and collective action. But the abiding theme of the work is mostly implicitthat the guidance contained in Baháulláhs Most Holy Book is, when understood in the context of the Divine Plan of God for planet Earth, as well as for the entirety of His creation, the culmination of a strategically designed program that enshrines Gods love of humankind and His methodology for expressing that love in divine guidance.