Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Indiana Volcano erupting,.... but where's the magma chamber?
There is about 150 years behind this particular eruption. Thus far pastoral Friends who like to call themselves "Orthodox", and Hicksite/Beanite Friends (wisely) have steered clear of this embarrassing feud.
I'm now 67, and a majority of Orthodox Friends sincerely believe I will burn in hell, so what's to lose ?
I used to visit widely among YM's, I learned a great deal listening to various pastors talking among themselves about others. I avidly everything Quaker published in the last 350 years, and created that Family tree that hangs on so many meeting house walls.
As I worked two years ago to finish the "350 Years of the Society of Friends" tree, not only was it obvious that among Orthodox Friends have there now been more than 40 schisms, but there is a long, well orchastrated effort to dismember the FUM.
A schism occurs generationally : every 25 to 35 years. The surface issues are all different, but the underlying source is the same: interpretations of the Bible which differ from Ohio's version. Ohio will not compromise on its interpretation of The Word of God .There's an exciting "who done it" book here.
An historical, thumb-nail sketch, as it appears on the family tree chart, is as follows:
1860's- First paid ministers (without ym approval) in Ohio (Damascus)ym
1875 - Iowa ym becomes first ym to allow for paid ministers.
1878 - Ohio repudiates the doctrine of the Inward Light as "false, unsound, and unscriptural". (see Barclay's Apology prop. 2)
1882 - David Updegraff, minister in Ohio baptized at Berean Baptist church in Philadelphia
1885 - Ohio (Damascus) votes to allow water baptism 198 yo 183..
1887 - Richmond (Indiana) conference, precipitated by Ohio's un-Orthodox position on baptism, approves the "Richmond Declaration of Faith". This document was written largely by delegates from London and Philadelphia. Interestingly, neither ym joined the FYM.
1895 - Ohio responds to the Richmond Declaration with mass water baptisms at Updegraff's funeral.
1902 - Five Years Meeting (FYM - now FUM) formed in an effort to maintain some uniformity of belief among the newly evangelical "Orthodox" yms. Ohio refuses to join.
1909 - Ohio articulates its refusal to join the FYM/FUM because FYM "has no adequate statement of faith based on the Word of God (see Barclay's apology, prop. # 3)
1927 - Oregon ym withdraws from FYM
1937 - Kansas leaves in part because of FYM's participation in the communist tainted
1957 -Rocky Mountain leaves, in part because doctrinal uniformity s not requires of missionaries.
Earlham School of Religion was formed in part to counter the effect the Malone College (Ohio Damascus) grads were having on FUM meetings. Unfortunately for the FUM, this looks to have been too late.
1995 - California leaves FYM/FUM
And now a volcano in Indiana out of nowhere ?"Gimmie a break". Anyone who really believes it's the issue of marriage equality needs to take a closer look.
Ohio has had it in for the FUM since the beginning. As goes Indiana, so go the rest of the pastoral yms. The only real question is when.