A bubbling pot of Quakerism with a dash of Anabaptism

Ecumenics and Quakers

Quaker Testimony Viewed Through the Lens of Theological Ethics – Rachel Muers

  1. Introduction

In Testimony: Quakerism and Theological Ethics (SCM Press,2015), Quaker theologian Rachel Muers considers the nature of Quaker testimony through the lens of theological ethics. This book is academic but accessible in style and will be appreciated by Friends and others who wish to deepen their understanding of Quaker theology and spirituality. In particular, the chapter on the refusal of oaths is a tour de force.

I strongly recommend this excellent book and offer the following summary of key points in the hope that it will tempt you to read it for yourself.

  1. A General Definition of Testimony

Rachel Muers sets out the following general characteristics of Quaker testimony (pp.7-8). She states that it is:

  • An individual and collective response to God’s leading or call.
  • Something shared, sustained, communicated and developed over time.
  • Located in everyday life rather…

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