As a kid growing up in holiness-influenced Indiana Quakerism, Max Carter was taught to avoid a long list of sins, including soft drinks—“which led to hard drinks!“—and dancing—“a vertical expression of a horizontal desire!”
Many seekers have discovered Quakers through online quizzes like Beliefnet, but what do they mean by “Liberal” and “Orthodox” Quakerism?
Cadwallader, Milhous, Trueblood, Farlow, Sharpless, and Wilbur… what do they all have in common? They are all common historic Quaker names, remnants of a time when Quakers “married in” and families stayed Quaker for generations.
With all the talk of “witch hunts” lately, we’ve noticed that people confuse Quakers with the Puritans. Clearly they haven’t heard the story of Mary Dyer.
Why did Quakers come to North America? As Max Carter tells it, it wasn’t to escape religious persecution.
Historically, Quakers are known for abstaining from drinking alcohol. What was the reason behind Quaker teetotalism? Was that always the case?
Why Quakers are called Quakers: the name “Quaker” was originally intended as an insult, until the Religious Society of Friends took it on and claimed it for themselves.
“You’re a Quaker? You mean, like, Amish?” It’s something every Quaker has heard. Max Carter educates us on the differences between the two.
The Quaker way emerged in circumstances like those we face today. Max Carter, a professor at Guilford College, shares the story of George Fox, who went seeking for spiritual answers and found them not in a church, but within.