The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion, which emphasizes the spiritual unity of the world. It is centrally based on: one Creator, one human family, and one unfolding faith. Basic principles of the Bahá'í faith are: 1. Oneness of mankind: This simple idea is grounded in concept that there is only one race – the human race and we’re all a part of it. 2. Independent investigation of the truth: This teaches that no one should rely solely upon their pastor, parent, educator or friend to tell them about religion. Independent study and reading of the writings of all faiths is highly encouraged. 3. The common foundation of all religions: This idea is centered in the belief that all the major religions of the world come from one God, revealing His will more fully as mankind develops in capacity. 4. The essential harmony of science & religion: This concept states that science and religion point to the same truths and are reconcilable. 5. Universal peace upheld by a worldwide government: This is a basic teaching for humanity to work toward creating institutions to provide collective security, human rights and the abolishment of war. 6. The equality of men & women: The idea than social, economic, educational and career opportunities should be equal to both genders. 7. Elimination of prejudice of all kinds: This is a call to eliminate all forms of social, economic, gender, and racial or ethnic prejudice. 8. Universal compulsory education of all children: In 1844, when the Bahá'í Faith was founded, it was common for children to work instead of attending school. Even today in the 21st century, there are still pockets around the world, where children work in factories and farms instead of getting an education. 9. Universal auxiliary language: This is a principle to help unify the world by selecting one of the existing languages or developing a language to be learned world wide in addition to one’s native tongue.