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William F Rushby commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?'
"It really doesn't matter to me what labels libraries use on books, as long as they are polite!   There is a thriving market for Amish-themed romances, and there is at least one scholarly analysis of this "sub-genre".  I have…"
4th month 23
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?'
"I only have mean things to say about such libraries.  I deleted my earlier comment as too off-color for Q2."
4th month 16
Doug Bennett commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?'
"In this case, my local library has done an excellent job of reinventing itself as a community center where many things happen including book lending. When I raised this issue with the librarians, they told me they, too, were queasy about the…"
4th month 15
David McKay commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?'
"I'm sure you are well aware that the library is a dying institution seeking to reinvent itself. And that the term "Christian fiction" is the creation of publishing houses and not libraries and was created with an intent to reach a…"
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4th month 14
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What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?

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.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 below that the…See More
4th month 14
Doug Bennett posted a blog post

Who, Me?

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 ‘N-word’, and…See More
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Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"My humble apologies Patricia.  I went out on the Web and Googled "Quaker convincement" and was brought right back into QuakerQuaker and thought I was reading something you'd said earlier, but I should have said:  "Also,…"
12th month 7, 2015
Patricia Dallmann commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Hello Kirby. I did write that grace is received through Christ. It's good to hear that you agree. I must take issue though with your stating that the link and ending paragraph is mine; it's another person's, someone whose first name…"
12th month 7, 2015
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I agree with Patricia and it's part of the SCM (Standard Christian Model) that Divine Grace is received, not instigated or "won" by the one seeking convincement.  Also by…"
12th month 7, 2015
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"One big flexible plan, as in "I'll stir this until it boils, then see if a little more garlic would be good in it?" [Anne & I are actually making soup today, so this seems like a natural metaphor. But most art forms, at least the…"
12th month 6, 2015
James C Schultz commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I prefer to think of it as Plan A and Plan B.  Maybe even Plan C (after the flood) and who knows how many more plans there are."
12th month 6, 2015
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"You make it sound like God was finished with Adam once He took him down off the workbench, as if all God had in mind had been that first perfect product...  I think it makes more sense to think in terms of a larger art form, where Adam's…"
12th month 5, 2015
James C Schultz commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I don't necessarily believe that the Adam who left the Garden was the original design so much as a Plan B design in that the Adam who left the Garden of Eden, literal or metaphorical, was not the same as the Adam God created.  In all…"
12th month 5, 2015
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Creation as judged by God in Genesis, to be "Good" might as well be adjudged "Perfect" in the sense Doug was getting at i.e. "Complete" insofar as created (extant), though also still becoming.  Being's triumph…"
12th month 4, 2015

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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…

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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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