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Geroge Fox and those early Quakers who denied “prescriptions without distinction.”

Research Notes: George Fox, Researchcode: geofoxjournalpt2pg3331709ed



In 1678 George Fox was moved to write a paper against those Quakers who opposed the Godily established order and disciple in the Quaker gathering. Fox says these Quakers who opposed the divinely given order of the Quakers “deny Prescriptions without distinction.”



To deny Prescriptions without distinction is to not differentiate between those outward prescriptions that are divinely given and those…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 13, 2018 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Siding with Iran

As my long time blog readers know, I don't believe the Persians are hellbent on getting nuclear weapons.  On the contrary, the political rhetoric coming from these religious leaders as that holding such WMDs is highly immoral and unethical.



The US Christians don't usually say that.  Evangelicals tend to be pro atom bomb, as an expression of God's love for them.



Protestants are especially bomb crazed and explosive ordnance, along…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 10, 2018 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

Excerpt from a Memo to SNEC (typos fixed, mentions Earlham)

[SNEC = Synergeticists of the Northeast Corridor ]

Because I went to a fancy school (Princeton) and studied philosophy, I'm used to such as Dr. Walter Kaufman suggesting that "university philosophy" was a subject with zero backbone, a spineless trajectory for dweebs.  That was a challenge to us of course, to make it be otherwise. We were the new generation. He told me directly in his office he thought I was best of breed, in terms of my writing.



Wittgenstein too begged his…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 5, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Plain Dressing in Mainland Europe

Hi all,

Even though I am new to this website ( if only I had know about this years ago!), I am not new to dressing plain and have been sewing my own plain clothes for the past 4 years. In the first two years I was really struggling to find good and affordable patterns, but they all had to come from America and cost quite a lot of money in postage and extra tax, so it took me a while to take the plunge into dressing plain, and then a awhile longer to feel comfortable in it ( being…

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Added by Carmen Beth on 5th mo. 1, 2018 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

When indwelling Spirit establishes inherent human being or consciousness.

Research Notes: Code:jamnayadotfw1653, James Naylor, Inherent Being



In 1653 James Naylor wrote:



“The second man [second Adam] is spiritually begotten by the spirit of the immortal seed, is the expresse Image of the Father, he knows the Father and is known of him, not by relation of the Creature, but by the in-dwelling of God in him …”



Source: James Naylor, A Discovery of the First WISDOM from Beneath, and the Second WISDOM from Above or, The…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 30, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments

The inshining Spirit and the discovery of the Substance of all types, figures, and forms.

It happens that the Spirit of Christ makes visitation upon our consciousness and conscience and his Image is come and we can witness the second coming, the Daystar, within our consciousness. The formation of the inshining Image or Presence within initiates a shift in the very nature of consciousness and conscience. The witness and awareness of Christ’s inshining Presence manifests a way of being wherein consciousness and personal identity is established in the forming Image of Christ itself…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 28, 2018 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Memo re Syria

[memo to a listserv for faculty and Peace Corps vets, a couple typos fixed, I think I'll add this to Medium]



I was pleased to see the militaries colluding to put on a fun show for the vicious masses, eager for fireworks. TV voyeurs love a great spectacle. Many are whining they want more. They want to "rubbleize" Damascus. "Please please please give us more violence".




Choosing to attack supposed…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 18, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

Are Quakers Humanized? – A review of Steven Pinker’s "Enlightenment Now"

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations,

the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship, on March 22, 2018.


Enlightenment…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 3, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Theological Murmurings

One might think "mumbling" describes it better, as more incoherent than not, however "murmuring" sounds better.  Today is Easter, and April Fools.

I'm meditating on the foolishness of Man, quite appropriately. I'm going back to Genesis 2-3 when they apparently had the choice of a second tree's fruit, the fruit of Eternal Life.

Given a choice between Eternal Life and this other thing God said no about, and that had a snake on it, a talking one, Man chose this other thing. How…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 2, 2018 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

George Fox and Holy-days (1677)

George Fox, writing from Amsterdam in 1677, admonished Quakers against being draw into outward ceremony and observances. He wrote:



Where did ever Christ or his Apostles command any Believers, or Christians to observe Holy-dayes, or Feast-days; and let us see where it is written in the Scriptures of the New Testament, in the four Evangelists, or Epistles, or the Revelations? That ever Christ or his Apostles gave the Christians and such…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 1, 2018 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Hidden things brought to light, or, the discord of the grand Quakers among themselves ...

Research Notes, Geroge Fox, John Pennymen, John Perrot, Robert Rich

I am currently keyboarding Robert Rich’s [R.R.]collection of letters written by George Fox, James Naylor, John Perrot, and Robert Rich, wherein the the nature of the discord between Fox, Naylor, and Perrot is manifested. The full text will appear here and will also be published archive.org. For now I wanted to share something from a letter written to George Fox from Robert Rich. By the way, Robert Rich, was a Quaker…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 16, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Leadership as Non-Anxious Presence: An Interview with Colin Saxton

Colin Saxton has served as General Secretary of Friends United Meeting (FUM) since January, 2012, and concludes his term there this summer. Though based out of the FUM office in Richmond, Colin spends much of his time traveling among Friends. He sees his…
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Added by Matt on 3rd mo. 9, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Why I am come out of the valuation of International Women’s Day or other outward political and religious ceremonies and holidays.

Why I am come out of the valuation of International Women’s Day or other outward ceremonies and holidays.



I am come out of the valuation of outwardly contrived political and religious ceremonies through the appearance of the inshining spirit of Christ upon my conscience and consciousness. Through this inshining experience of immanent presence of Christ, it is discovered to me a conscience and consciousness that is informed solely through participation in and identity with the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 9, 2018 at 12:35pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: The New Way

The following is an excerpt from an essay, "The New Way," which can be found at https://patradallmann.wordpress.com/. The essay is based upon ministry given in a Philadelphia meeting on 11/5/17.

There is a story about Jesus that takes place after he’d been ministering for a while. He was at home, visiting with…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 3rd mo. 9, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Book Launch

My collection of essays on common sayings is now available. 

Added by Glenn Morison on 3rd mo. 5, 2018 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Religious Studies



I've long been aware of this branch in Jewish Orthodoxy and have wondered if the free-from-nations movement (FFNM) would be regarded as offensive to them. Paradox: FFNM encourages each self-respecting nation to fulfill plans for world domination virtually meaning: assume you've won, the world is your…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 25, 2018 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

The rule, government and authority of immanent Presence fractures the rule, government, and authority of algorithmically established engagement..

The rule, government and authority of immanent Presence fractures the rule, government, and authority of algorithmically established engagement.



In a recent post on Twitter Julian Assange wrote of the process of algorithmically preying on the people’s existing biases to increases engagement.



An algorithm is defined broadly as a step by step procedure or function for solving a problem or accomplishing an some end within a finite number…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 21, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Thoughts upon my Return from Africa

I had never danced in church before. I knew, of course, that some Friends dance in worship.  I had participated in worship at the Friends World Committee for Consultation Plenary in Peru in 2016, during which some African Friends danced, but I didn’t feel comfortable joining them. I had arrived in Kigali very early on that Sunday morning and settled into my room at about two a.m. Exhausted from the journey, I had not planned on attending worship that day. However, as the sun rose higher in…

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Added by Anne Marie Hutchinson on 2nd mo. 19, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

In pursuit of peace through conflict ... there is another way.

A recent post on quakerquaker (http://www.quakerquaker.org/profiles/blogs/sa-ed-atshan-on-the-quaker-practice-of-embracing-conflict?xg_source=activity) shares a summary of an interview published in Friends Journal. In that interview these words are published.



In peace and conflict studies, we teach our students to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 12, 2018 at 4:43pm — No Comments

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