Thursday, March 10, 2005

Pop Quiz on Quaker Theology/History

The following passage appeared in a Discipline published by a Yearly Meeting in 1918:
"If anyone in membership with us...shall deny the divinity of Christ, the immediate revelation of the Holy Spirit, or the inspiration of the Scriptures, he ought to be tenderly treated with for his instruction, and the convincement of his understanding, that he may experience repentance and forgiveness."
Question: Was this Yearly Meeting

a) Gurneyite/Orthodox?
b) Evangelical?
c) Wilburite/Conservative?
d) Hicksite/Liberal?

Hint: Choose what most Friends today would consider the least likely answer. If you find that answer counter-intuitive, feel free to say why. Remember that much of what many Friends "know" about Quaker history isn't true.

I'll provide the answer in a couple of days or after a few answers are ventured by readers - whichever comes first.

- - Rich Accetta-Evans
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4 Comments:

Blogger Joe G. said...

Hmm, I was going to initially offer that the Yearly Meeting was Wilburite/Conservative until I read your hint.

OK, I'll go with Liberal and specifically, London YM (now Britain YM).

6:01 PM, March 10, 2005  
Blogger Ruthie said...

See now I want the answer to be b. evangelical.

That way I can tsk tsk and mutter things about typical evangelicals always insisting that everyone think the same thing and feel all superior!

But you're going to tell me it was a Hicksite liberal meeting aren't you?!

Now I'm dying to know - spill the beans Rich :)

4:18 PM, March 14, 2005  
Blogger Lorcan said...

As for me, what Friends know, they should know mostly in the heart. Books describe the light, but the heart knows the light.

Look first within...

when board...

read a book.

: )

lor

12:40 PM, March 15, 2005  
Blogger James Chang said...

The hint tells us that it should be "Liberal/Hicksite" although I would love to have more information, on, say, what would happen if the Friend in question refuse all the eldering and insist on his opinions. This opening passage reads terribly like the 1806 Discipline of PYM.

11:10 AM, August 17, 2005  

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