Saturday, July 25, 2015

There is something I've been thinking for a few years but have never openly expressed until now.  I say this as someone who is nearing completion of a Master's degree in theology from a Quaker seminary, with an emphasis on Quaker studies:  Most of what is called "Quaker" or "Friends" (as in Religious Society of Friends) nowadays could more accurately be called "Quaker-influenced."  Quakerism--in the original form and ethos practiced by the likes of George Fox, Margaret Fell, Richard Hubberthorne, Edward Burrough, Robert Barclay, Hugh Barbour, Isaac Penington, Mary Fisher, et al--has evolved out of existence.  What we have now are various and diverse "Quaker-influenced" groups. - DC


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