- Publisher: Hemlock Press; distributed by Friends Book store, Philadelphia (1967)
- ASIN: B0013GSLMO
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Barclay's apology in modern English, Paperback – 1967
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But even more, my unprogrammed self was also strengthed by Barclay's clear exposition of what it means to Worship, and his clear understanding of ongoing revalation and the voice of the Spirit.
All of this is in a "translation" of 17th Century English that unmuddles the message. Bright and clear, in summary, that is my review.
If you are looking for a comprehensive scripturally sound guide to a mature Christian life, you could do worse than the Apology. It has provided a baseline for Quaker practice for 400 years. And, Oh!, the Friends studied to re-establish the church as it was before " organized religion. "
My bottom line is this -- it's a wonderful starting point or refresher for anyone who wants a better understanding of who Quakers are, how they strive to live, and what they believe. And as a Quaker, I'm confident the Light can illuminate and guide past any minor issues of clarity.
If you can only have one, do not buy Freiday's book. Buy the Quaker Heritage Press edition of the original text. Then buy a pad of Post-Its and start flagging pages.
If you can afford two, buy the QHP original to read, and Freiday's version to explain the esoteric references.
There's no point in reading a shortened and twisted version if you want to know what it was that Barclay thought. Barclay is not hard to read. He is certainly 17th century wordy, but Freiday's watery interpretation doesn't do the trick.
There were passages I puzzled over for years in Freiday's book that became crystal clear when I read what Barclay actually wrote.