Doug Bennett's Blog – 6th mo. 2014 Archive (2)

God and King, Word and Sword

            I have been taking Jacob L. Wright’s Coursera MOOC called “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future.” Wright is a professor of religion at Emory University, and I’ve joined thousands of others with widely varying motivations in taking this course.  (I hear these diverse purposes in the course’s on-line discussions and forums.)

            Wright uses the course to argue a…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 6th mo. 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?

I became a Quaker in the mid-1970s, joining Germantown Friends Meeting. Hardly a week has gone by since that I haven’t wondered why I was a Friend. I wonder what that means to me, and I wonder how that may (or may not) come across to others.

It’s odd being a Quaker; people view you as odd if you are one. For myself, I’ve never particularly wanted either the weirdness that some attach to Quakers nor the honorific that others attach. For more than a decade before joining I struggled…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 6th mo. 4, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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