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Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox

Research Notes, Spirit of the Hat, William Penn, George Fox, Religious Politic, Sufficiency, Inshining Light, John Perrot, James Naylor, Leo Damrosch



Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Exercised by George Fox



In 1673 a tract was published anonymously and entitled “The Spirit of the Hat or the Government of the Quakers Among Themselves, As it hath been Exercised of late years by George Fox, and other Leading Men, in…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 10, 2017 at 12:47pm — 16 Comments

Jerusalem: World Capital

As one respectful and grateful to science, and yet a believer in continuing revelation, to me it's clear what a Chosen People we are, as hominid inhabitants of this "Global U" or "universe city" called Earth.  Likewise I see our Promised Land is a spherical body, with a relatively large moon, situated amongst other such spherical bodies, none so much an Eden nor genesis zone.

The theatrics of nation-states, on the other hand, seem increasingly phony to me, nothing serious enough on…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 12th mo. 6, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

A response to Samuel Barnett-Cormack and the process of being guided by outward ideological constructs.

A response to this piece published here: https://quakeropenings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/religious-privilege-and-british-quakers.html



Hello Sam,



Thank you for this piece. Reading it has…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 2, 2017 at 4:22pm — No Comments

James Naylor and the kingdom of God in the conscience.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Conscience, Kingdom of God



In 1660 James Nayler co-authored a pamphlet with, Richard Hubberthorn, entitled An Account From the Children of light, (to them that askes) in several particulars, why we have been kept from joyning to, or worshipping in, those formes at Law,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 1, 2017 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

"It is Well with My Soul”: A Journey of Grief and Faith

Everything about that phone call felt wrong, even before I answered. It had started as an ordinary evening in April. I was in an empty classroom preparing for an English as a Second Language class that I was subbing for, when my phone rang, with an unknown number showing up on the caller ID. It was my son’s stepmother, and she quickly put my son’s father on. He said starkly, without any preliminaries, “Your son is dead.” My son? Not our son? When had he…

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Added by Anne Marie Hutchinson on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 9:07pm — No Comments

James Nayler and set and established places of worship.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Outward Forms, Church Buildings, Meeting Houses, Inshining Light, Sufficiency



In 1655 James Nayler published a pamphlet entitled To Thee Oliver Cromwell, into whose hands God hath committed the sword of justice …



That there be no forcing any to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

This week on QuakerQuaker, 11/25/17

Quaker discussions this week:

  • Becoming the church we dreamed of. "My fondest wish – that Northwest Yearly Meeting would remain united – did not come true. It was tempting to grieve that rupture indefinitely … and, to be honest, the grief is not going away soon. However, it is a wonderful comfort to realize that nothing so far is blocking my existing friendships and actual collaborations…"
  • New discussion started by Kirby Urner: Quakerism and Charter…
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Founding Quakerism: “Their chief design... to reduce Religion to Allegory?”

Research Notes, George Fox, Enthusiasm, Outward Rule, Sufficiency of Light, Scripture not Sufficient, aversion of outward ecclesiastical forms.



In 1776, Daniel Neal published “The History of the Puritans or Protestant Non-Conformists.” In the fourth volume of his history on pages 32-36, he writes these two paragraphs about the Quakers:

“It can’t be expected that such an unsettled People should have an uniform System of rational Principles. Their first and…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 18, 2017 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

The Presence of God

There is a difference between prayer and being in God’s presence.  While the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, healing takes place in his presence.  Many of the people healed by Jesus had prayed for healing before they came into His presence where healing took place.  There are exceptions to every thing but when it comes to healing, being in His presence is the best place to start.

There are many ways to come into God’s presence.  Taking time out to sit quietly with the…

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Added by James C Schultz on 11th mo. 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — 2 Comments

Twelve Years On: Primitive Christianity Revived, Again—And Still Going!

Can you believe it: the QuakerQuaker.org domain name was registered twelve years ago next month. Who would have thought that an all-volunteer side project with the quirky tagline would be continuing along? Thank you all for all the support and use over the years. Primitive Christianity Revived, Again, and Still Going?

Site update

It’s been awhile since the last update about the QuakerQuaker website. I’ve come to the conclusion that moving the main QuakerQuaker.org site over…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 14, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Pope and the Primacy of the Conscience

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-reaffirms-conscience-heresy-debate-divides-church-160315741.html



VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed the “primacy” of using one’s…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Nathaniel Smith and his testimony of the uniqueness of Quakers

Research Note, Inshining Light sufficiency, Outward Forms, excommunication, I AM



In The Quakers Spiritual Court Proclaimed published in 1669, Nathaniel Smith writes:



... all Sects, Formes, or other Dispensations, it thou please to call them so (or by what Name soever) after they have raised to themselves a considerable number of People, then they go about to set up themselves, and make to themselves Laws, whereby they may Govern, and bear Rule…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 29, 2017 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

100 Bible Verses Most Frequently Quoted By Early Quakers

2 Timothy 3:5

Jeremiah 31:33

Acts 26:18

2 Corinthians 4:6

Romans 2:29

Romans 10:8

Colossians 1:27

Romans 1:19

Romans 1:16

2 Corinthians 3:6

Ephesians 6:12

Ephesians 4:13

1 Corinthians 15:47

Deuteronomy 30:14

2 Corinthians 13:5

2 Corinthians 4:4

1 Thessalonians 5:19

2 Timothy 1:10

Romans 8:2

Colossians 3:10

2 Corinthians 10:4

Joel 2:28

Galatians 1:16

1…

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Added by David McKay on 10th mo. 22, 2017 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

A Tale of Two Television Shows

This afternoon we watched a rerun of a retrospective — Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now? Oprah interviewed the widowed husband of a young woman who decided to move to Oregon so she could take advantage of the assisted dying legislation there. She was living with inoperable brain tumors.

This evening we watched a documentary on CBC about a young man with cystic fibrosis. He and his friends run a weekly podcast at of Halifax where they discuss the granular minutia of living in this…

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Added by David McKay on 10th mo. 22, 2017 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Nathaniel Smith, a Quaker natural historian and physician, in 1664, meets with George Fox. Wherein George Fox argues the earth is flat because it was revealed to him by God.

In 1669 Nathanial Smith wrote a tract entitled “The Quakers Spiritual Court” wherein he documents the Quaker use of outward ecclesiastical forms and leaders to rule over the conscience of others in the gathering. Smith became a Quaker at 19 years of age and remained so for about fourteen years. It seems he was among those of the first Quakers. Smith calls himself a “Physick.” Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary (1792) defines Physick as “originally signifying natural philosophy, has been transferred…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 18, 2017 at 9:30pm — 14 Comments

Quaker Bible Index Top 100 List: Number 3

I am working with a document purporting to list the 100 most frequently cited Bible verses in the writings of early Quakers compiled from the Quaker Bible Index. The text below is third on the list. I have provided the AV-1611 (commonly called the KJV)  as that would likely be how Fox and the first Friends heard this passage, and a more modern one (in this case the NRSV). …

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Added by David McKay on 10th mo. 18, 2017 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

A World without Sin, a/k/a A World without personal responsibility

It’s a World without Sin, everyone is ok

No need for Grace, from what people say

There’s no Hell to go to, no need to repent

it’s a World without Sin, a world without lent.

It’s a World without sin, the devil’s retired

there’s no one to tempt us, his imps have been fired

There’s no one way to God, Oprah has said

In John 14:6 Jesus was simply misread

It’s a World without Sin, we’re all children of God

we love one another, though sometimes its…

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Added by James C Schultz on 10th mo. 13, 2017 at 10:15am — 22 Comments

Called to Christ

[The following is based upon vocal ministry given at Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 Tenth month 2017.]

In his Journal George Fox spoke of three kinds of dreams:

For there were…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 9, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in Forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms.

In 1655 a tract was publish entitled “To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms ...” Authorship was “Given forth by those whom the world in scorn calls Quakers.” This usually means there were multiple people who contributed to the writing of the tract. In 1706 a compilation of some of George Fox’s writings was published under the title “Gospel-Truth Demonstrated, in a Collections Of Doctrinal Books, Given forth by that…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 2, 2017 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

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