The Evolutionary Potential of Quakerism [NOOK Book]

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The Society of Friends has a great intellectual task ahead of it, in the translation of its religious and ethical experiences and insights into a conscious understanding of the way in which the kind of love which we treasure and covet can be produced, defended, and extended. A great part of this task no doubt lies outside of the Society of Friends, for instance in the development of the social sciences. Friends however have a unique opportunity...
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The Evolutionary Potential of Quakerism

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The Society of Friends has a great intellectual task ahead of it, in the translation of its religious and ethical experiences and insights into a conscious understanding of the way in which the kind of love which we treasure and covet can be produced, defended, and extended. A great part of this task no doubt lies outside of the Society of Friends, for instance in the development of the social sciences. Friends however have a unique opportunity before them in the decades to come.

The principal, though not the only, growing point of the Society of Friends in the twentieth century lies in the intellectual community. It has been the university meetings which have been the main source of whatever expansion has taken place in unprogrammed Quakerism. This itself is a symptom of the evolutionary potential that still lies within the society because it is precisely the university communities which now carry the seeds of the post-civilized future. I believe the next major task of the Society of Friends is to mobilize this intellectual potential and to catch a vision of the great intellectual task to which it is called. If it can respond to this vision its evolutionary potential may be great indeed.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150363779
  • Publisher: Pendle Hill Publications
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Series: Pendle Hill Pamphlets , #136
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 30
  • File size: 105 KB

Meet the Author

Kenneth Boulding was born in 1910 in Liverpool, England. Raised a Methodist, he was attracted to the Society of Friends first by the peace testimony, then by the Meeting for Worship, and joined Friends when he was an undergraduate at Oxford. Starting as a chemist, he became an economist, came to the University of Chicago as a graduate student in 1932, and emigrated to the United States in 1937. Kenneth Boulding taught in many universities, published some thirty-five books, served as president of the American Economic Association, the International Studies Association, the Society for General Systems Research, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is known as a Quaker poet through the Nayler Sonnets (There Is a Spirit) and Sonnets From the Interior Life. Kenneth Boulding was writing sonnets right to his last days; the later ones in Sonnets From Later Life – 1981-1993, published by Pendle Hill in 1994.
Kenneth Boulding died in 1993. He had been married to Elise Biorn-Hansen since 1941; they had five children and sixteen grandchildren. From the beginning, Kenneth and Elise were activists in the peace research movement and in many Friends’ meetings and organizations.
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