Good and Evil: Quaker Perspectives

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Jackie Leach Scully, Pink Dandelion
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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In this multi-disciplinary collection, we ask the question, 'What did, and do, Quakers think about good and evil?' There are no simple or straightforwardly uniform answers to this, but in this collection, we draw together contributions that for the first time look at historical and contemporary Quakerdom's approach to the ethical and theological problem of evil and good. Within Quakerism can be found Liberal, Conservative, and Evangelical forms. This book uncovers the complex development of metaethical thought by a religious group that has evolved with an unusual degree of diversity. In doing so, it also points beyond the boundaries of the Religious Society of Friends to engage with the spectrum of thinking in the wider religious world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Continuing Revelation Gospel or Heresy?
15
George Foxs Witness Regarding Good and Evil
31
Early Quakers and Divine Liberation from
43
Good and Evil in the Thought
59
John Woolman and Good and Evil
71
Mental Illness Ignorance or Sin? Perceptions
83
Good and Evil
97
The Progression
153
Good and Evil in an Ecumenical Perspective
163
Dietrich Bonhoeffers
173
A Nontheist Perspective
183
Darkness and Light
193
An Epistemological Paradigm
209
The Secular Ethics of Liberal Quakerism
219
Bibliography
233

Reclaiming
121
The Presence of Absence
141

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About the author (2007)

Jackie Leach Scully is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University, UK, and Senior Research Associate at the Unit for Ethics in the Biosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland. She has been a Joseph Rowntree Quaker Fellow, and gave the Swarthmore Lecture Playing in the Presence: Genetics, Ethics and Spirituality to Britain Yearly Meeting in 2002. She is the author of Quaker Approaches to Moral Issues in Genetics (2002) and is currently working on a book on ethics and disability. Pink Dandelion is Honorary Professor in Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, and Programmes Leader, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and the University of Birmingham. He is also Editor, Quaker Studies, and Convenor, Quaker Studies Research Association.

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