Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Suggested Outline

Below is an outline I'm working with for this series of essays. Comments welcome.


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Easy Essays on Quaker Theology:

Why We Believe What We Believe and Do What We Do

I. Why We Do What We Do: The New Covenant

II. The Problem with People: The Human Condition

III. Do Quakers Care about Salvation?

IV. What about Non-Christians?

V. What Do Quakers Believe about Jesus?

VI. The Inward Light

VII. The Bible

VIII. Knowing God

IX. Silence and Worship

X. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

XI. The Flesh and Blood of Christ

XII. Why We Cannot Go to War

XIII. Integrity and Truth

XIV. The Free Gospel Ministry

XV. Men, Women, and Gospel Ministry

XVI. Simplicity


Paul L said...

My only comment is, Wow! I can hardly wait.

Dave Carl said...

Hello Patrick,

I'd be interested in the following:

1. To what extent might our differences with early Friends today depend on the different cultural, political and economic environment we live in, the advances of science, the historical experience of bitter schisms among Friends, and so forth? In other words, you've promised a test of how far we've "strayed," but is it possible that some of our differences might be the result of some expected and hoped for growth and maturity over time?

2. When we base our Quakerism in scripture, are there advances in Biblical scholarship that might legitimately lead us to understand scripture differently -- perhaps in some case even less reverently -- than did early Friends? Penn was aware of scholarship even in his day of tampering with scripture by the church for political reasons. How widespread was his skepticism among Friends of his day?

3. Paid ministry: how does its currency among Friends today accord with the understanding of early Friends?

Whether you feel led to address these questions or not, I look forward to reading your future articles.

In Friendship,


Phil said...

"I have had to meet the challenge of expressing Quaker faith in language that can be understood well by people whose English is limited, or who speak no English at all."

What a delight to read this posting! I am in a similar position, in Chile, teaching theology at the training college for The Salvation Army. Especially in regards to living a sacramental life--without adherence to ritual--we share a rich heritage and hermeneutic.

JOY said...

How do I get the book?

JOY said...