Recovering the Quaker Apocalyptic Tradition

Friends United Meeting recently announced that it will soon be publishing a 2nd Edition of Douglas Gwyn's Apocalypse of the Word. It couldn't be more timely. As Gwyn points out in the book, an apocalyptic urgency and understanding is crucial to the outlook of George Fox and early Friends. 

Friends could reclaim some of this spirit of the apocalyptic today and speak powerfully and impactfully to the broader culture. This is a world in which unheard of things are happening and traditional narratives are breaking down. Ferguson confronts us with a host of unpleasant realities about the nature of police power and discrimination that cannot be ignored, and new injustices emerge one after another in its aftermath. 

Quakers can once again step into this liminal space and risk being embarrassed (or worse) in the process. We can embrace the apocalyptic once more and see in it the potential for positive change. This requires first acknowledging the reality of the present situation and a recognition of the urgency of the moment. Beyond that, it will require not necessarily the assurance of possessing the sole answer, but instead a confidence in the truth that we hold that there are other viable paths forward than simply rebuilding the existing narratives.

How do we begin? 

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