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I am a member of Durham Friends Meeting (NEYM), and live in Topsham, Maine. I am currently President Emeritus and Professor of Politics Emeritus at Earlham. I have a wife, Ellen, and two sons: Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?

Posted on 4th mo. 14, 2016 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Walking the shelves of my local library, I was surprised to find a label on a book that said "Christian Fiction." It was just above the regular label that makes books findable in  the stacks.

christianfiction Topsham Public Library puts labels on fiction that say FIC, and then below that, again in caps, the first three initials of the author's last name: JAM for a book by Marlon James that I'm reading now. Across the river, Brunswick Public Library puts  labels on fiction that say FIC, then…

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Who, Me?

Posted on 1st mo. 18, 2016 at 11:00am 0 Comments

It is Martin Luther King Day and I am thinking about how difficult it is to know our own worst capabilities.

I’ve been thinking about an experience in the 1980s. I was living near a Quaker day school that had an ugly, racist incident. The school community awoke one day to find a large surface on the school grounds had been painted with unquestionably racist graffiti. There were KKK-robed figures, there was an African-African head with a bullet traveling through it, there was the…

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Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?

Posted on 12th mo. 3, 2015 at 9:12am 23 Comments

Doug Shoemaker, the Superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting, has been writing a series of ‘letters to George Fox’ that appear in the IYM Communicator. I find interest in these letters in considering whether I agree with them and also whether I think he construes George Fox in a way Fox would want to be understood.  In his recent, eighteenth letter, Shoemaker addresses the possibility of human’s achieving perfection, or ‘entire sanctification.’

Dear…

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Why Was the Bible Written -- And Why So Late?

Posted on 11th mo. 19, 2015 at 10:00am 8 Comments

November 19, 2015

Why was the Bible written? The Bible itself tells us very little. I don’t recollect any verse in which Jesus says to a disciple, “Simon, will you take notes today, you know, for the record?”

When I first came to know the Bible in my teens and 20s, it never occurred to me to wonder why the Bible had been written. Of course there was a Bible;…

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At 1:01pm on 7th mo. 5, 2012, Mackenzie said…

I read your "plea to read the Bible together" in Friends Journal the other day. It was very well-written. Thank you.

I remember one time having someone tell me that "oh no, I know what the Bible says, Sodom & Gomorrah!" to which I paraphrased a line of Ezekiel back to him: the sin of Sodom was that of pride, fullness of bread, and not holding up the poor and needy. He asked if Ezekiel was in the Bible.

At 11:28am on 4th mo. 6, 2011, Paula Deming said…

Welcome!

Thy fFriend Paula (mother of Earlham '04 grad Elaine Banvard)

 
 
 

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