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I found this book very quotable It was not an easy read Your ear needs to be tuned to a very different voice But I appreciate this book for its guidance in the typical Quaker way telling informing witnessing, not preaching The Lord and Any Adult will tell you that preaching is the best way to breed dissent If you are interested in Quakerism, this book is a good read But be prepared to invest some time and thought in it I got my copy from Pendle Hill which has a great collection of boo I found this book very quotable It was not an easy read Your ear needs to be tuned to a very different voice But I appreciate this book for its guidance in the typical Quaker way telling informing witnessing, not preaching The Lord and Any Adult will tell you that preaching is the best way to breed dissent If you are interested in Quakerism, this book is a good read But be prepared to invest some time and thought in it I got my copy from Pendle Hill which has a great collection of books for the Quaker and just general seeker like me One of those books in which historical figures have a curious tendency to agree with each other and the present author I m sure everything he reports here is true, and it certainly serves to illustrate his own religious thought, I just have doubts about whether this represents the whole truth. It s helped me understand how different religions are all interpreting the same fundamental truths in ways their followers are comfortable discussing And made me happy to have found such a no frills honest way to express those feelings in myself Kind of textbook dull at times, but also amazing how much original documentation is available. I read this book as part of in person book discussion group, and we discussed one chapter per month, so it took us almost a year to finish the book Brinton provides a wonderful history of Quaker practice since the 17th C The book ends in 1952 Key figures in Quakerism and the evolution of the faith schisms, mysticism, evangelicalism, rationalism, and humanitarianism Social Gospel as it has applied to Quakers throughout the centuries is well covered. Before I gave up on the idea of religion, I considered the Quakers, who really are the embodiment of What s the least I can believe and still be a Christian Of course, once you start asking that question, you might as well give the whole thing up for a lost cause.Anyway, the Society of Friends are particularly cool for their devotion to social justice and action As a group, they are dedicated, and have always been.Library copy. Excellent detailed writing about the history and practice of Quakers. I picked this book up while visiting San Francisco some years ago Meeting some Quakers while at seminary and being impressed by them, I saw this as an opportunity to learn somethingof their traditions.As it happens, this book also presented some information about Quaker decision making processes, a method I had previously been exposed to while working with the SPUSA What is most memorable about this book, however, has little to do with its contents, much to do with something which happen I picked this book up while visiting San Francisco some years ago Meeting some Quakers while at seminary and being impressed by them, I saw this as an opportunity to learn somethingof their traditions.As it happens, this book also presented some information about Quaker decision making processes, a method I had previously been exposed to while working with the SPUSA What is most memorable about this book, however, has little to do with its contents, much to do with something which happened while I was reading it It was a grey autumn day, but rainless, so I had gone over the hill to Marie s Love Garden behind a cafe on Courtland in the city, the closest such place I knew of to where I was staying Because of the cool weather I was alone on the back deck most of the day, but at one point an older woman sat at the table in front of me and started to read herself This went on for a while, then something needing a light perhaps came up which initiated conversation, the typical What are you reading business By this point I was rather tired of reading, Brinton s book hardly being a page turner, so I welcomed conversation and followed the initial question with the And what do you do I make pornographic films, she said A pause I am, after all, a Midwesterner and this woman reminded me of my grandmother Ah, what do you do Do you write them, film them, direct I direct them, sometimes write them As it turned out she specialized in lesbian cinema, but would occasionally do a sexed film for the money She d been doing it for years, all in the San Francisco area She made it sound quite ordinary, like managing a theatre group or some other small business involving the coordination of various people She made me feel quite parochial, probably thought my naivete amusing but was politely engaging until she had to go My memory of the rest of the Quzker book pales in comparison The edition I read was first published in 1952, the 300th anniversary of Quakerism, and reprinted in 1969 with some minor updating It has been revisedextensively since When a friend advised me to skip the last three chapters of this edition, I assumed that they focused on the 1950s and am surprised to discover some of the account of earlier history there Brinton emphasizes experience as the basis of Quaker religion, but the book is still extremely abstract and theoretical, including man The edition I read was first published in 1952, the 300th anniversary of Quakerism, and reprinted in 1969 with some minor updating It has been revisedextensively since When a friend advised me to skip the last three chapters of this edition, I assumed that they focused on the 1950s and am surprised to discover some of the account of earlier history there Brinton emphasizes experience as the basis of Quaker religion, but the book is still extremely abstract and theoretical, including many quotations from books and journals written by early andrecent Friends He identifies Quakerism as one of the three main forms of Christianity, distinct from both Catholicism and Protestantism Though he describes the conflicts that produced separate branches of Friends in America, I m still confused about what, besides the method of meeting for worship, actually separates them Readers looking for an introduction are not well served by this edition {PDF} ß Friends for 300 Years: The History and Beliefs of the Society of Friends Since George Fox Started the Quaker Movement õ IntroductionTo Wait Upon the LordThe Light within as ExperiencedThe Light within as Thought AboutThe Meeting for WorshipVocal MinistryReaching DecisionsThe Meeting CommunityThe Meeting the WorldThe Four Periods of Quaker HistoryQuaker Thought the PresentAppendix The Philadelphia Queries of NotesIndex I m not sure why there are no reviews for this book It is extraordinary In it Brinton writes about the three hundred year history of The Religious Society of Friends The Quakers And he poetically explains the thinking behind the Quaker Peace Testimony He writes that to be killed is a physical injury To kill another person is to suffer a spiritual injury And it is better to suffer a physical injury than to suffer a spiritual one Highly recommended Amos Smith author of Healing The I m not sure why there are no reviews for this book It is extraordinary In it Brinton writes about the three hundred year history of The Religious Society of Friends The Quakers And he poetically explains the thinking behind the Quaker Peace Testimony He writes that to be killed is a physical injury To kill another person is to suffer a spiritual injury And it is better to suffer a physical injury than to suffer a spiritual one Highly recommended Amos Smith author of Healing The Divide Recovering Christianity s Mystic Roots