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Traditional Quaker Christianity Paperback – August 1, 2014
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Thanks to the understanding and wisdom of the writers of this book, I'm becoming a Quaker!
The book is divided into 7 Chapters. Most Chapters, with the exception of Chapter 4, are divided into ‘Sections’ that deal with the topic of the Chapter from a number of perspectives. For example, Chapter 1 is ‘Jesus Christ: The Basis of Quaker Faith and Practice’, and Chapter 7 is ‘Faithful Living’. The sections of Chapter 1 deal with the relationship of Jesus to Quaker Faith and Practice, while the sections of Chapter 7 detail specific aspects of Quaker life, such as the Peace Testimony and Simple Living.
Each Section is short and ends with ‘Discussion Questions’. So the book is designed to be used for group discussion. But I also found it valuable when reading it by myself. The questions are thoughtful and can deepen one’s understanding of the topic of the Section.
I was particularly impressed by the presentation on the Peace Testimony which is the focus of two sections of Chapter 7. These sections clarify the distinctive nature of Quaker Peace Witness carefully distinguishing the Quaker Peace Testimony from secular and political views, as well as the just war theory of Augustine.
I found this to be a rewarding book; highly recommended for modern Quakers who want to reconnect with the core of their tradition, as well as for those who are interested in the basic teachings of the Quakers.
Here is a clear and comprehensive presentation of what was handed down for 300 years, as fresh and powerful today as ever. For inquirers who want to learn more about authentic Quaker faith and practice, this book offers a clear and understandable foundation. For long-time members who seek to deepen their faith, and for groups and meetings that sense a need for renewal, engaging this book in adult religious education is necessary and perhaps urgent.