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Honest and challenging,
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This review is from: Silence: A Christian History (Kindle Edition)
Magisterial, highly intelligent, it had interesting insights into the development of contemplation in the Christian churches, as well as into priestly celibacy and its secrets. Its understanding of the centrality of silence in Quaker Meetings was a little thin, however.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 11:05:56 BDT
The problem appears to be that Prof. MacCulloch confuses Quaker silence with Quaker quietism (see the Guardian review of the book). The former informed all of Quaker worship right from the start of the slow collection of various local-worshipping groups while the latter was just a period of Quakerism brought to an end by the Manchester Conference of 1895. It has to be emphasised in this context, however, that this point refers to contemporary British Quakers. The greatest number of Quakers are in East Africa and there silence is almost absent from meetings for worship.
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