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Quietism Group?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Wilson 1st month 3, 2011. 6 Replies

Dear Friends: I'm interested in starting a group here at QuakerQuaker on quietism.  The focus would be on the quietist insights of the Quaker tradition and recovering that focus.  I'm personally…Continue

Hugh Turford and Quietism

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Carl 8th month 11, 2010. 1 Reply

Good Friends: In my ongoing search for Quietist Quaker works the name of Hugh Turford has come up.  He seems to have been an advocate of silence, in a pure sense, and an articulate spokesman for a…Continue

Tags: Hugh Turford, History, Quietism, Quaker

On Voting or Not Voting

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Carl 6th month 30, 2010. 3 Replies

Good Friends: I was reading some online history of the Quakers and came across a passage where the author said that in the dispute between the Gurneyites and the Wilburites, Gurney urged his audience…Continue

Tags: Politics, Voting, History, Quaker, Wilburites

Quakers Against Cheap Alcohol in Britian

Started 5th month 27, 2010 0 Replies

Good Friends: I thought people here might be interested in this article which was posted at the British site called Ekklesia.  It's about a Quaker group seeking to stem the widespread availability of…Continue

 

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Jim Wilson replied to Scott Martin's discussion 'Why Would They Want to Come?' in the group Liberal Quakers
"A few comments: I think this is an insightful post.  It resonates with my own experience and history.  In general I think Quakers who practice silent prayer underestimate how difficult it is for people to enter into this kind of worship.…"
3rd month 27
Jim Wilson liked Scott Martin's discussion Why Would They Want to Come?
3rd month 27
Jim Wilson replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"A brief reply about Buddhism.  This is a vast topic, covering a huge number of sects, teachings, and doctrines.  The largest Buddhist teaching in East Asia is Pure Land Buddhism.  The teaching of this tradition is that human beings…"
2nd month 25
Jim Wilson replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Good Morning Howard: A quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your reports on the history of your Meeting.  I tend to get frustrated fairly easily, and your reports on your Meeting have given me just the right lift and sense of…"
2nd month 22
Jim Wilson replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Good Morning Howard: The difficulty with critiques that rely on the 'constructed' nature of what one is critiquing is that it cuts both ways, as David touched upon.  If the idea of Grace is 'constructed' then so is the idea…"
2nd month 19
Jim Wilson replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Interesting discussion.  My take on this:  I agree with Micah that all human beings are 'depraved' and I don't have a problem using that word.  I think that there are modern ways of looking at this that help fill out…"
2nd month 18
Jim Wilson liked Patricia Dallmann's blog post The Rose that Bare Jesu
12th month 24, 2016
Jim Wilson commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Adherence to a outward constructs like commitment to diversity and the cycle of a flawed process.'
"Good Morning Keith: It has been some time since I have dropped by here.  It was a pleasure to read this post.  I often find that the drive to 'diversity' masks a commitment to a particular ideology that is very restrictive.…"
12th month 24, 2016
Jim Wilson liked Keith Saylor's blog post Online Version of William Rogers 1680 text "The Christian Quaker..."
10th month 10, 2016
Jim Wilson commented on James Michael Tower's blog post 'Barclay “Ex-Prosed”: Robert Barclay’s Apology as Poetic Prayer'
"Thanks for posting this.  Well done!  I'm both inspired and impressed.  And the bibliography that you attached will assist me in my own reading and research.  Best wishes."
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Jim Wilson liked James Michael Tower's blog post Barclay “Ex-Prosed”: Robert Barclay’s Apology as Poetic Prayer
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Jim Wilson liked Keith Saylor's blog post Third Haven Friends ... Easton, Maryland
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Jim Wilson liked Forrest Curo's discussion If We Can't Talk About God, We've Got Nothing Worth Saying.
7th month 15, 2016
Jim Wilson commented on Patricia Dallmann's blog post 'THE GIFT OF THE SCRIPTURES'
"Good Morning Patricia: Apologies for the delay in responding.  I've been particularly busy at work and that has cut into my internet time.  Priorities, don't ya know. I have a friend (not a Friend) who recently started reading…"
4th month 8, 2016
Jim Wilson commented on Patricia Dallmann's blog post 'THE GIFT OF THE SCRIPTURES'
"Thanks, Patricia, for this beautiful post.  I found it inspiring.  I recently did some research on the continental Quietists, particularly Madame Guyon.  One of the things I discovered about her was that she used scripture in the way…"
4th month 4, 2016
Jim Wilson liked Patricia Dallmann's blog post THE GIFT OF THE SCRIPTURES
4th month 4, 2016

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February Friends Journal Article on Zen Buddhism & Quakerism

Posted on 2nd mo. 15, 2016 at 8:02pm 1 Comment

The latest Friends Journal, February 2016 (page 32), has a thoughtful article by Peter Taylor about the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Quakerism.  The article appealed to me because I have a similar background.  I studied Buddhism of the Zen variety in Korea and Japan and was dedicated to this type of practice for a long time.  At one point I took vows as a Zen monastic.  Because I was raised in a secular household Zen was the first religious tradition that I had experience with. …

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Chris Hedges Writes a Stinging Critique of the Idea of Progress

Posted on 5th mo. 27, 2015 at 11:00am 3 Comments

Greetings:

In a previous blog post on Progressive Quakers I noted that the progressives were fully immersed in the idea of progress; that things will inevitably get better and better.  And it was this idea of progress which allowed the progressives to undermine traditional Quaker Faith and Practice so effectively.  It was also this idea of progress which provided them with conceptual tools for their support of W.W. I.  Chuck Fager in his two books on Progressive Quakers seems to agree…

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Why I'm Not a Progressive Quaker

Posted on 2nd mo. 11, 2015 at 10:30am 25 Comments

Why I’m Not a Progressive Quaker

In 2014 Chuck Fager, a dedicated activist, peaceworker, and Quaker historian, as well as the publisher of the thoughtful journal ‘Quaker Theology’, published two books on the history of Progressive Friends.  One is called Angels of Progress; it is a documentary history of Progressive Friends.  In Angels Fager recovers many significant episodes in the history of the Progressives and the writings wherein they defined themselves and…

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Was World War II a Good War?

Posted on 12th mo. 17, 2014 at 10:18am 12 Comments

One of the difficulties with maintaining a commitment to the Peace Testimony is the elevation of W.W. II to the status of a ‘Good War’.  The idea is that W.W. II is an exception; other wars may be awful, unnecessary, or even evil, but W.W. II is considered to be an example of a necessary and even a virtuous war.  The impact of this view is that the same kind of logic is carried over to contemporary conflicts so that the U.S. attack on Iraq under Bush II was done for righteous and ‘moral’…

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At 10:50am on 2nd mo. 7, 2015, Patricia Dallmann said…

Good morning, Jim.

Thank you for the clear, thoughtful description of two differing editorial approaches to older Quaker writings. It hadn't occurred to me that there was any approach other than the one you first described, as it seems to me to be a primary concern in editing to convey to future readers the quality of the original writing, in content, in style, and in overall sensibility. To subordinate one's own point of view is to respect not only the author but the activities of expression and communication, to affirm their value and even more, at least for the old Quaker writings, the grand enterprise of our human progression towards receiving truth. We rely on those who've come before. Through reading their unadulterated writings, we can stand on the shoulders of giants. I think it's imperative that their bones not be broken, or  their heels too badly bruised.

At 6:57pm on 2nd mo. 6, 2015, Keith Saylor said…

Hi Jim. I appreciate your thoughts on Worthington. I'm still in resource collection mode, however I will be sure to get his material closely.

At 1:58pm on 3rd mo. 1, 2014, Olivia said…

Thanks, Jim.  It sounds like you have your hands full and with a beautiful project too.   I look forward to that resource and to learning more.  I think I feel a growing sense that I'll be one of the "on the ground" folks exploring Quietism in real time as "new" terrain that informs Quakerism.  I am no example of the gifts of Quietism, but I seem to have its experiences and insights nonetheless and this Spirit (that is with many of us leading us in that direction) seems worth our focused awareness -- "this is what this is and what it's terms look like in this or that person".    I have thought of you recently when a women just posted about chronic illness and wondering about Quaker resources for coping with that, and when working with the 10 commandments in this Spirit... something I may post about at a later date.   peace!

At 11:31am on 5th mo. 24, 2012, Paula Deming said…

Thank thee, Jim!

Incidentally, I am a native of Northern California--Davis.

At 1:45pm on 1st mo. 18, 2011, David L. Hoffman said…

 

Hi Jim,

I'm look forward to seeing you soon.  This week would be good for a West County meetup or book store visit.

 
 
 

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