Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings

Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings

Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings

Quaker Spirituality: Selected Writings

Synopsis

Here are the writings of the major voices of the Quaker movement from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including the Journals of George Fox, The Journal of John Woolman, Thomas Kelly's Testament of Devotion and selections from Caroline Stephens and Rufus Jones.

Excerpt

QUAKERISM--as Douglas V. Steere so clearly explains in the Introduction to this volume--is a multifaceted faith and requires for its presentation the writings of more than one of its interpreters over the three hundred years of its existence. Depending on the direct leadings of the Spirit, as well as on the Bible and the writings of articulate Quakers, the faith of the Society of Friends is not static but moves with the development of scientific and psychological as well as religious thought and inspiration. It has accumulated a body of writings of contemporary, historical, and orthodox interest. To present Quakerism in a single volume it is necessary to include the insights of more than one generation of Friends.

In relation to their short history--three hundred years--and their small numbers, Friends have produced an extraordinary amount of religious and spiritual writings, many of which--including, for example, John Woolman Journal, Thomas Kelly Testament of Devotion, Rufus Jones's many devotional books, and Douglas Steere's own books on prayer--have moved out of the sectarian orbit into the realm of religious classics, valued by many who have no further interest in Quakerism itself.

No other modern Friend is so well qualified as Douglas Steere to make this selection or to write the Introduction that opens up Quaker thought and practice and explains its varying elements, its ways of worship and action. Out of a formidable mass of material he has gathered a selection that is illuminating, interesting, and inspiring. His own years of studying and interpreting Quakerism, of teaching philosophy in Haverford College as successor to Rufus Jones; his numerous books, which include On Beginning from Within, On Being Present Where You Are, and Work and Contemplation; his innovative . . .

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