Quaker Quicks - What Do Quakers Believe?
Everything you always wanted to know about Quakers, but never quite knew who to ask.
"So what do you believe?" It’s the question Quakers are always asked first and the one they find hardest to answer, because they don’t have an official list of beliefs. And Quakerism is a religion of doing, not thinking. They base their lives on equality and truth; they work for peace, justice and reconciliation; they live adventurously. And underpinning their unique way of life is a spiritual practice they have sometimes been wary of talking about. Until now.
In What Do Quakers Believe? Geoffrey Durham answers the crucial question clearly, straightforwardly and without jargon. In the process he introduces a unique religious group whose impact and influence in the world is far greater than their numbers suggest. What Do Quakers Believe? is a friendly, direct and accessible toe-in-the-water book for readers who have often wondered who these Quakers are, but have never quite found out.
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This is a fascinating quick guide to a Faith that many people know nothing about, or think they know but actually believe wrongly in false myths about the Quaker community or Quaker beliefs. I was surprised to learn that not only is their no "dogma," also individual Quakers believe as they wish. Quaker experience is just that: personal experience. I applaud the Quaker drive to honesty, clarity, and love. I really applaud their Silence. I believe the world in general could use a whole lot more silence and contemplation. ~ Mallor Haws, NetGalley
The opinions expressed in this book set forth by the author have greatly changed my perception of Quakerism. As told from a voice of experience, not encumbered by the rules of the church, the Quakers of today live by principle - not doctrine; they follow a spiritual path. That was my first revelation. Not surprisingly from the aforementioned, it was revealed that there are no specific holy days for Quakers; to them every day is holy. They firmly believe that there is no one religion superior to another. It was interesting to learn that a Quaker meeting is filled with meditative silence. There is no agenda to follow. However, someone offering a discussion that would benefit the group might take place. Again, anything is allowed. No one is denied. This well-written narrative turned me around to what quakerism is all about. Its dominant principle brings together a divine order of people who share one primary objective: Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men - an ideal worth heeding. ~ Paul Falk, NetGalley
The author has a good style, simple and direct, making it easy to enjoy the reading. ~ Alan D.D., NetGalley
The clearest introduction to Quakers I have read. Beautifully and clearly written, this book brings Quakerism to life in a very accessible way. ~ Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, broadcaster and writer
It is not easy to explain what Quakers believe; we are notoriously hard to pin down. Yet Geoffrey Durham has managed to unpack Quakerism in an open, lucid and friendly way. If you have ever wondered what is actually happening in a room full of people sitting in silence together, you will understand better after reading What Do Quakers Believe? and may want to try it yourself. It is a book even Quakers can benefit from. Reading it also made me understand myself better; how I’m put together, how I operate in the world, and yes, what I believe. ~ Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway
In this excellent and informative book Geoffrey Durham explains in direct and straightforward language who the Quakers are and what they believe. Quakers reject no one. They have a deep respect for human life and for the world in which we live and they attempt to bring some common sense to a world that is increasingly driven to distraction in the endless pursuit of “bigger and better”. I warmly commend this book to you. It caught my attention from the very first page. ~ Terry Waite CBE, bestselling author of Taken on Trust and Solitude: Memories, People, Places
“If you look to Quakers for a belief system you are going to be disappointed,” writes Geoffrey Durham. But he certainly does not disappoint in the clarity he brings to portraying the shared principles by which Quakers seek to live and act. The pages of this book are powered by the potential for change in individuals and in the world. ~ Mike Wooldridge OBE, former religious affairs journalist and broadcaster