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I have just finished reading Quaker Ways in Foreign Policy by Robert O Byrd. Though published in 1960, I found it to be a wonderful history and deeply thoughtful statement of the Quaker peace testimony and Quaker forays into influencing governments to be better servants to the needs of their citizens.
I have just begun Bates's 1938 The Bible Designed to be Read as Literature and Genesis by Bill Moyers, et al. This will complete my first complete read-through of the Christian bible, which began with my reading a couple of years ago of The Original New Testament by Hugh Schonfield, which I found to be fascinating reading. At least now when someone says they read it in the bible, I'll have some notion of what group of sentences they are interpreting to their service.
I am currently working on an html transcription of an 1844 publication with one of those overly descriptive titles: Some Account of the Conduct of the Religious Society of Friends towards the Indian Tribes in the Settlement of the Colonies of East and West Jersey and Pennsylvania: with a Brief Narrative of Their Labours for the Civilization and Christian Instruction of the Indians, from the Time of Their Settlement in America, to the Year 1843. by the Aborigines' Committee of The Meeting for Sufferings. The text is worthy of preservation and a quite interesting read, but the book has become too fragile and valuable to be lent out. We plan to put it on our website and will most likely also donate it to the Gutenburg Project.
As an attender of only two years, I am very interested in the rich body of Quaker literature.
It's at http://esr.earlham.edu/dqc/index.html
Their FAQ notes that they are planning on stable URLs for their resources, and they seem to have a static bibliography page -- the URLs are really long. (Is it fair to add LT listings for electronic editions that aren't on my own network/system? I haven't yet, but I've read many of these titles, mostly in paper, and want to find them again.)
I'm currently working my way through Companions Along the Way: Spiritual Formation Within the Quaker Tradition.
but Orthodox Christianity to me clearly stands in the same category as the other two. Those other elements are usually much smaller (though most are larger than Quakerism) and arguably need not be gone into for the sake of his thesis. While Orthodox Christianity probably had little to no influence on Quakerism, to fail to mention its existence, seems to me to undermine the rest of his argument/arguments about Quakerism's place in the pantheon of Christianity. There, I have got that off my chest and feel better.
I hope you will continue your reading of Brinton's work, getting past what is a stumbling block for you. I sympathize, since I often run into them...though of course, mine are different!
I was pretty frustrated, actually, with M.H. Bacon's editing of Brinton's work. I felt she often "corrected" things without giving adequate, or even any!, documentation to back-up her understanding versus Brinton's.
If anyone's interested, I moderate Book Buzz, Toronto Public Library's online book club, and Margaret Elphinstone will be chatting with us sometime in July.
Anyone who's interested is welcome.
In a holiday mood - and needing a break from working with books - I decided to read some of our fiction section. Some treasures there. Delighted in "Quaker Silence" by 'Irene Allen'. Enjoyed it so much that I've ordered the other 3 in the Elizabeth Elliot series from our local library.
So, can anyone recommend any other recent (ie 1995 onwards) Quaker fiction? Maybe to be added to our collection...
Blessings to all,
Bevianne at Victoria Regional Meeting