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Quietism Group?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Wilson 1st month 3, 2011. 6 Replies

Dear Friends: I'm interested in starting a group here at QuakerQuaker on quietism.  The focus would be on the quietist insights of the Quaker tradition and recovering that focus.  I'm personally…Continue

Hugh Turford and Quietism

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Carl 8th month 11, 2010. 1 Reply

Good Friends: In my ongoing search for Quietist Quaker works the name of Hugh Turford has come up.  He seems to have been an advocate of silence, in a pure sense, and an articulate spokesman for a…Continue

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On Voting or Not Voting

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Carl 6th month 30, 2010. 3 Replies

Good Friends: I was reading some online history of the Quakers and came across a passage where the author said that in the dispute between the Gurneyites and the Wilburites, Gurney urged his audience…Continue

Tags: Politics, Voting, History, Quaker, Wilburites

Quakers Against Cheap Alcohol in Britian

Started 5th month 27, 2010 0 Replies

Good Friends: I thought people here might be interested in this article which was posted at the British site called Ekklesia.  It's about a Quaker group seeking to stem the widespread availability of…Continue


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Quaker Quietism - Authors and Works

Posted on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 8:06pm 2 Comments

Greetings Friends:

I am interested in knowing what specific works people think of that are expressive of the period of Quaker Quietism.  I am interested in works that were written during the period of Quietism (aka The Second Period of Quaker History).  Personally, I have found the following works of help in accessing the thought of this period:

A Guide to True Peace, Counsel for the Christian Traveler by William Shewen, The Grounds of a Holy Life by Hugh Turford, A Short…


Cambridge Platonists

Posted on 6th mo. 7, 2017 at 2:55pm 16 Comments

This is an open question to readers here who have a broader knowledge of Quaker history than I do.  I am wondering if the early Quakers had any relationships with the Cambridge Platonists.  I have only recently become aware of them.  Some of their doctrines seem similar to some Quaker perspectives (though admittedly I have at this time read very little).  I have not come across any mention of interaction between Quakers and Cambridge Platonists.  But the timing is right; the Cambridge…


February Friends Journal Article on Zen Buddhism & Quakerism

Posted on 2nd mo. 15, 2016 at 8:02pm 1 Comment

The latest Friends Journal, February 2016 (page 32), has a thoughtful article by Peter Taylor about the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Quakerism.  The article appealed to me because I have a similar background.  I studied Buddhism of the Zen variety in Korea and Japan and was dedicated to this type of practice for a long time.  At one point I took vows as a Zen monastic.  Because I was raised in a secular household Zen was the first religious tradition that I had experience with. …


Chris Hedges Writes a Stinging Critique of the Idea of Progress

Posted on 5th mo. 27, 2015 at 11:00am 3 Comments


In a previous blog post on Progressive Quakers I noted that the progressives were fully immersed in the idea of progress; that things will inevitably get better and better.  And it was this idea of progress which allowed the progressives to undermine traditional Quaker Faith and Practice so effectively.  It was also this idea of progress which provided them with conceptual tools for their support of W.W. I.  Chuck Fager in his two books on Progressive Quakers seems to agree…


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At 10:50am on 2nd mo. 7, 2015, Patricia Dallmann said…

Good morning, Jim.

Thank you for the clear, thoughtful description of two differing editorial approaches to older Quaker writings. It hadn't occurred to me that there was any approach other than the one you first described, as it seems to me to be a primary concern in editing to convey to future readers the quality of the original writing, in content, in style, and in overall sensibility. To subordinate one's own point of view is to respect not only the author but the activities of expression and communication, to affirm their value and even more, at least for the old Quaker writings, the grand enterprise of our human progression towards receiving truth. We rely on those who've come before. Through reading their unadulterated writings, we can stand on the shoulders of giants. I think it's imperative that their bones not be broken, or  their heels too badly bruised.

At 6:57pm on 2nd mo. 6, 2015, Keith Saylor said…

Hi Jim. I appreciate your thoughts on Worthington. I'm still in resource collection mode, however I will be sure to get his material closely.

At 1:58pm on 3rd mo. 1, 2014, Olivia said…

Thanks, Jim.  It sounds like you have your hands full and with a beautiful project too.   I look forward to that resource and to learning more.  I think I feel a growing sense that I'll be one of the "on the ground" folks exploring Quietism in real time as "new" terrain that informs Quakerism.  I am no example of the gifts of Quietism, but I seem to have its experiences and insights nonetheless and this Spirit (that is with many of us leading us in that direction) seems worth our focused awareness -- "this is what this is and what it's terms look like in this or that person".    I have thought of you recently when a women just posted about chronic illness and wondering about Quaker resources for coping with that, and when working with the 10 commandments in this Spirit... something I may post about at a later date.   peace!

At 11:31am on 5th mo. 24, 2012, Paula Deming said…

Thank thee, Jim!

Incidentally, I am a native of Northern California--Davis.

At 1:45pm on 1st mo. 18, 2011, David L. Hoffman said…


Hi Jim,

I'm look forward to seeing you soon.  This week would be good for a West County meetup or book store visit.


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