How Quakers Read the Bible

Quakers believe that the real way that you understand what the Bible has to say to you is to let the words be illuminated. Paul Buckley explains.

Jon Watts

Jon Watts launched and directed the QuakerSpeak project for its first 6 seasons. Keep up to date with Jon’s work at his website.

3 thoughts on “How Quakers Read the Bible

  1. I must admit to reading many different Bibles and being able to see differing meanings in the messages presented in altering ways and over time of inner vision. Reading also creates many questions in trying to find answers. My involvement in the Methodist (mother), Catholic (father), Reform, Lutheran, Mennonite, and other Christian faiths has led me to Quakerism. As a Quaker, it is much easier to accept the religious views and opinions of many people of differing faiths. It has led me to see, we all believe. An inner light may lead each of us to see a little others do not. This may give each of us, in Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamism, atheism, and many more, a slightly different belief in uncovering the value of life given to us. Quaker Universalist Fellowship provides a base for all to express their views and review what others present, similar to this reply on “How Quakers Read the Bible”

  2. Two quotes are meaningful for me 1) the George Fox song ” Will you swear by the Bible? I will not said he for the truth is more holy than the Book to me” 2) “You have heard this said and that said, what canst thou say” That more or less conforms to the idea that the Bible should be read in the spirit of the Light. Its an important book so I do try to study it. I find Henry Cadbury’s writing helpful.

  3. Hey, you missed a couple of my favorite films with Quakers:
    1. The early version of Moby Dick, – screen play by Ray Bradbury.
    (the recent version has got to have some reference. Starbuck was Quaker …..
    as well as owners of the Piquat sp)
    2. Friendly Persuasion (though I haven’t seen it for decades, it was my first intro to Quakers)

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