Doug Bennett's Blog – 10th mo. 2012 Archive (2)

Can Friends Argue With One Another?

 Can Friends argue? When we are at our most Quakerly best, do we never argue with one another, never present positions supported by reasons or evidence, anticipating that we may well hear alternative or counter arguments also supported by reasons or evidence?

 At times that appears to be the view of Friends, but that doesn’t seem right to me, so here’s an argument for arguments. 

 First, the case for the other side, as best I understand it. 

 “I was not aware that…


Added by Doug Bennett on 10th mo. 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Dismissing D. Elton

 Saturday was a long day at Farmland Friends Church.  Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Representative Council gathered there to consider, in a meeting for worship for business, the recommendation of a Reconfiguration Task Force about whether and how the yearly meeting ought to divide itself. 

As weary Friends began their drives home late in the afternoon, no schism had been approved, but all knew in their bones we were several steps closer. 

I found myself thinking about what might…


Added by Doug Bennett on 10th mo. 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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