Johan Maurer: Friends Attitudes Toward Evil
. I've no doubt that evil exists, but I'm a lot less sure about its definition. For my chapter on evangelical Friends' concepts of good and evil in the book Good and Evil: Quaker Perspectives
,edited by Jackie Leach Scully and Ben Pink Dandelion, I tried to gather some definitions from Friends writings and a survey I circulated in the spring of 2006. What did I find? Interestingly, although evangelical Friends may be more willing to address evil using biblical and theological language than liberal Friends, I couldn't find much actual definition of evil. My search confirmed my sense that evangelical Friends have continued the historic Quaker preference for functional theology over metaphysical theology.
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