Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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
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
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
I was reading the other day the book 'Keeping Silence' by C. W. McPherson who is an Episcopal priest and spiritual director. McPherson found himself guiding people in their spiritual practice. One of the most difficult practices, he found, was for people to be silent:
"If I ever thought that keeping silence was easy, my congregation taught me otherwise. From time to time as a parish priest, I recommended they try spiritual pracices, such as memorizing a psalm or reading…Continue
The Method of the Guide
The ‘Guide to True Peace’ offers a simple method of prayer, referred to as the prayer of inward silence. The method is stated in Chapter 1:
“We must retire from all outward objects, and silence all the desires and wandering imaginations of the mind; that in this profound silence of the whole soul, we may hearken to the ineffable voice of the Divine Teacher. We must listen with an attentive ear; for it is a still, small voice. It is…Continue
A Brief History of ‘A Guide to True Peace’
What follows is a brief textual history of the Quaker contemplative work, “A Guide to True Peace”.
The work is based on the works of three continental Quietists; Madam Guyon, Archbishop Fenelon, Miguel Molinos. The ‘Guide’ weaves together passages from these authors’ works. Primary sources include “A Short Method of Prayer” by Guyon, “The Spiritual Guide” by Molinos, and “Maxims of the…Continue
The Bible in the ‘Guide’
The presence of the Bible in the Quaker work ‘A Guide to True Peace’ is pervasive. This is in keeping with traditional Quaker writings. The Bible is used in the ‘Guide’ as a proof text, meaning that the point of view that the ‘Guide’ presents is placed in a biblical context and supported by numerous biblical quotations.
There are 102 quotes from the Bible in a work that is roughly 80 pages (the number of pages varies somewhat…Continue