Traditional Quaker Christianity

Author: Ohio Yearly Meeting
Publisher: Rabbit Press
ISBN: 9780970137586
Format: PDF, ePub
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Do Quakers really worship in silence? Why don't they plan their worship services beforehand? Why do Friends make decisions on church business without voting? Can I know Jesus, guiding and teaching me? Where does true peace come from? Traditional Quaker Christianity offers the reader a means to explore the time-honored faith of Friends (Quakers), describes how modern-day Conservative Friends put that faith into everyday practice, and outlines the reasons for many of Friends' distinctive ways. The book's purpose is to assist people seeking a living faith in Christ Jesus, Who is present and powerful in the midst of all His people. Traditional Quaker Christianity can be useful not only to the individual seeker, but also as a study guide for small groups of new Friends and long-time Quakers seeking to go deeper in their spiritual pilgrimage. Several questions at the end of each section help readers relate the material to their own lives and provide a starting point for discussion.

Plain Living

Author: Catherine Whitmire
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781893732285
Format: PDF, ePub
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For anyone feeling too busy or too stressed seeking to simplify their life, this guide maps out several routes to simplicity. For over 300 years, the Quakers have lived out of a spiritual center in a way of life they call "plain living". Their accumulated experiences and distilled wisdom have much to offer anyone seeking greater simplicity today.

Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States

Author: George Thomas Kurian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442244321
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From the Founding Fathers through the present, Christianity has exercised powerful influence in America—from its role in shaping politics and social institutions to its hand in art and culture. The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States outlines the myriad roles Christianity has played and continues to play. This masterful multi-volume reference includes biographies of major figures in the Christian church in the United States, documents and Supreme Court decisions, and information on theology and theologians, denominations, faith-based organizations, immigration, art—from decorative arts and film to music and literature—evangelism and crusades, women’s issues, racial issues, civil religion, and more.

A Short History of Christianity

Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442225904
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Christianity has played a central role in world history, for better or worse, but beyond the story of Jesus, many people know little of this story. Geoffrey Blainey takes readers on a journey from the very beginnings of Christianity through to the current day.

Preaching the Inward Light

Author: Michael P. Graves
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Studying the history of early Quaker preaching, Michael Graves uses careful rhetorical analysis to provide insights into Quaker theology and practice. Situating the movement within the intellectual context of early seventeenth century Europe, he explores both seminal preachers and lesser known figures who were nonetheless important rhetoricians. Through extant sermons he demonstrates that the early Quakers could be a vocal, even "revivalistic," sect that sought to put into effect world-wide the moral, spiritual, and practical virtues of what they called "primitive Christianity." Thus, Graves challenges the stereotypes of the early movement and shows the denomination to be theologically innovative and socially important. Well-researched and well-written, Preaching the Inward Light is a timely look backward to these spirited people.

The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

Author: Stephen W. Angell
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191667374
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Quakerism began in England in the 1650s. George Fox, credited as leading the movement, had an experience of 1647 in which he felt he could hear Christ directly and inwardly without the mediation of text or minister. Convinced of the authenticity of this experience and its universal application, Fox preached a spirituality in which potentially all were ministers, all part of a priesthood of believers, a church levelled before the leadership of God. Quakers are a fascinating religious group both in their original 'peculiarity' and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since. The way they have interacted with wider society is a basic but often unknown part of British and American history. This handbook charts their history and the history of their expression as a religious community. This volume provides an indispensable reference work for the study of Quakerism. It is global in its perspectives and interdisciplinary in its approach whilst offering the reader a clear narrative through the academic debates. In addition to an in-depth survey of historical readings of Quakerism, the handbook provides a treatment of the group's key theological premises and its links with wider Christian thinking. Quakerism's distinctive ecclesiastical forms and practices are analysed, and its social, economic, political, and ethical outcomes examined. Each of the 37 chapters considers broader religious, social, and cultural contexts and provides suggestions for further reading and the volume concludes with an extensive bibliography to aid further research.

If the Church Were Christian

Author: Philip Gulley
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061968228
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“[Philip Gulley’s] vision of Christianity is grounded, gripping, and filled with uncommon sense. He is building bridges instead of boundaries, and such wisdom is surely needed now.” —Richard Rohr, O.F.M, author of Everything Belongs Quaker minister Philip Gulley, author of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, returns with If the Church Were Christian: a challenging and thought-provoking examination of the author’s vision for today’s church… if Christians truly followed the core values of Jesus Christ. Fans of Shane Claiborne, Rob Bell, and unChristian will find much to discuss in If the Church Were Christian, as will anyone interested in the future of this institution.

Good and Evil

Author: Dr Jackie Leach Scully
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409477568
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In this multi-disciplinary collection we ask the question, 'What did, and do, Quakers think about good and evil?' There are no simple or straightforwardly uniform answers to this, but in this collection, we draw together contributions that for the first time look at historical and contemporary Quakerdom's approach to the ethical and theological problem of evil and good. Within Quakerism can be found Liberal, Conservative, and Evangelical forms. This book uncovers the complex development of metaethical thought by a religious group that has evolved with an unusual degree of diversity. In doing so, it also points beyond the boundaries of the Religious Society of Friends to engage with the spectrum of thinking in the wider religious world.