D Elton Trueblood succeeds here in his attempt to depict the Quaker experiment in radical Christianity, with emphasis on their ways of thinking He does indeed present the Quaker faith as a live option for contemporary men and women The assets of The People Called Quakers come from the author s acquaintance witih all the major current brands of Quakerism, from his well known facility in writing, and from his repeated use of favorite persons in the history from George Fox to the Gurneys or Rufus Jones Henry J Cadbury...
|Title||:||The People Called Quakers|
|Publisher||:||Friends United Press July 1, 1985|
|Number of Pages||:||298 pages|
|File Size||:||798 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The People Called Quakers Reviews
I am writing this review as an actual Friend (Quaker). Though this book was written decades ago, it remains the single best exposition of Quaker thought, practice, and history. Some contemporary Quakers will find some of it objectionable, particularly if they are from meetings that have drifted in the direction of New Age religion, with it's follow-your-own-inclinations, no-rules emphasis. But the truth is that traditional Quakerism has nothing to do with New Age concepts. First, it is deeply Christian. Second, it involves placing limits on one's behavior out of deep empathy for others. Trueblood also reminds us that Quakerism was deeply revolutionary in its inception, and remained so for most of its history. Today's meetings, which tend to place a premium on consensus that allows anyone to not just question but veto the majority, have moved in the direction of quietism. Likewise, the fetish for silence in contemporary meetings contravenes the spirit of earlier meetings that tended to be lively with shared thoughts and feelings. This book could be read profitably not only by Quakers, but by all Christians.
Useful detail information but dense composition makes for slower reading.
This is a helpful book for understanding the Quakers historically and theologically.
All worked well.
What was expected
I found this book very informative. It explains various aspects of what Quakers believe and why, and history of the Quaker faith. It discusses silent worship, Quakers view on communion and baptism, the Quaker testimonies, and much more. If you have a questions about what a Quaker believes and why, this is the book to read.