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The Quaker Reader

by Jessamyn West

Other authors: Caroline Fox (Contributor), Caroline Stephen (Contributor), Emile Fuchs (Contributor), George Fox (Contributor), John Bellars (Contributor)8 more, John Greenleaf Whittier (Contributor), John Woolman (Contributor), Rufus Matthew Jones (Contributor), Joseph Besse (Contributor), Margaret Fell (Contributor), Mary Penington (Contributor), Francois Voltaire (Contributor), William Penn (Contributor)

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Provides insights into the Quaker faith through an anthology of extracts from the writings of members of the Religious Society of Friends, composed between 1650 and 1962.



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Small excerpts of writing from founders and influential Quakers over three centuries, compiled by Jessamyn West (The Friendly Persuasion). ( )
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Provides insights into the Quaker faith through an anthology of extracts from the writings of members of the Religious Society of Friends, composed between 1650 and 1962.

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The Quaker Reader
A Quaker Chronology x
Introduction 1
Part One The Beginnings
England in the Seventeenth Century
Gerald Bullett "By Their Gods Ye Shall Know Them" 31
The Message of George Fox
George Fox "That All May Know the Dealings of the Lord with Me ..." 39
The First Publishers of Truth
William Penn "For of Light Came Sight" 107
The Convinced (1)
Joseph Besse "The Little Quaking Lad" 115
Joseph Besse "They Teach Dangerous Principles" 120
William Sewel "There Is a Spirit That Delights to Do No Evil" 122
Mary Penington "I Durst Not Mock Him with a Form" 132
Thomas Ellwood "Now Was All My Former Life Ripped Up" 144
William Penn The Trial of William Penn 166
Horatio Rogers "Mary Dyer Did Hang as a Flag" 171
Daniel Roberts "I Ventured My Throat for My Religion" 178
Joseph Besse "... Like Slobbering Beasts and Swine" 198
Joseph Besse "... An Offer of Their Own Bodies" 200
The Convictions (1)
Rufus M. Jones "The Utterance of Persons Who Were Plain" 202
Isaac Penington "... More Dispensations of Life and Mercy than One" 206
Isaac Penington "... According as the Spirit Teaches" 209
William Penn "The Book of Cookery Has Outgrown the Bible" 212
William Penn "I Am Your Loving Friend" 215
William Penn "Love Is the Hardest Lesson in Christianity" 216
William Penn "... As If God Was an Old Man" 222
Margaret Fell "All in One Dress and One Colour" 224
Robert Barclay "Turn Thy Mind to the Light" 228
John Bellars "We Are But Men Whom They Offend" 239
Jonathan Dymond "War and Christianity Are ... Opposite Ends of a Balance" 241
Part Two - The Quakers Established
"In The Service of the Gospel"
John Woolman "I Was Taught to Watch the Pure Opening" 255
The Quaker Observed
Voltaire The Religion of the Quakers 280
Hector St. John de Crèvecœur "... Gay without Levity, ... Cheerful without Loud Laughs" 287
Hector St. John de Crèvecœur Comrade Iwan Visits Friend John Bertram 295
Thomas Carlyle "Stitch Away, Thou Noble Fox" 302
Birthright Quakers
John Greenleaf Whittier First-Day Thoughts 307
Elizabeth Fry "It Must Be in the Spirit, Not of Judgment, but of Mercy" 308
Joseph Clark "Treat Them as Brethren, and Not as Slaves" 310
Fernando G. Cartland The President of the Underground Railway 317
Caroline Fox "Hurrah for Quakerism!" 325
Walt Whitman "The Blood of Christ ... No More Effectual than the Blood of Bulls and Goats" 332
D. Elton Trublood "The Fullness of the Godhead Dwelt in Every Blade of Grass" 341
Elizabeth Buffum Chace "... Too Late to Become an Abolitionist Now" 348
John Greenleaf Whittier The Little Iron Soldier 354
Part Three - Quakers in the World
Children of Birthright Quakers
Logan Pearsall Smith "Social Layers of Increasing Splendor" 363
Hannah Whitall Smith "I Am Broad, Broader, Broadest" 380
Helen Thomas Flexner "Had Jesus What Thee Calls Common Sense, James?" 402
Rufus M. Jones "... A Unique Laboratory Experiment Which Worked" 416
Rufus M. Jones The Sense of the Meeting 424
Rufus M. Jones I Go to Philadelphia 428
Elizabeth Gray Vining The Mysticism of Rufus Jones
The Convinced (2)
Caroline Stephen "Feeding upon the Bread of Life" 446
Caroline Stephen "No Other Religion than the Will of God" 449
Caroline Stephen "Not Quakerism but Truth" 451
Emil Fuchs "Before They Find It, They Rest in Authority" 456
William Hubben "... Invisible but Existential" 466
The Convictions (2)
Stuart Chase "The Society of Friends Does Not Hide Its Light under a Bushel" 478
William Littleboy "To Serve Christ, Not to Feel Christ" 487
Doughlas V. Steere "For Him That is Joined to All Living There Is Hope" 495
Teresina R. Havens "Go Straight at It without Leaning on Any Kind of Intermediary Help" 503
Nora Waln "... A True Friend in a Totalitarian State" 510
A. Ruth Fry "The Earth Is the Lord's" 517
Tom Copeman Comrade Ivan 519
Anonymous "Unity, with Diversity" 522
Max Picard "Silence Helps the Spirit in Man" 527
Arthur Stanley Eddington "The Spirit of Seeking" 529
Robert Barclay "That Little Spark That Hath Appeared" 532
Bibliography 533
Acknowledgments 539
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