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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | A MAN THAT LOOKS ON GLASS.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Derek Guiton(Author)

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The Quaker movement in Britain is beset with problems - growing secularisation, incompatible belief systems, ideology as a substitute for faith.Add to these the emergence of theologically-based 'special interest' groups with their own sectarian agendas and campaigning methods and we have a genuine existential crisis on our hands. A Man that Looks on Glass (the title is from a poem by a seventeenth century poet) analyses and questions the thinking that has led to this situation.It challenges the supposed inevitability of the 'Godless' strand in British Quakerism and calls for a renewed emphasis on transcendence. It ends with a positive look at a Quaker mystical theism based on individual and corporate religious experience.
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  • PDF | 284 pages
  • Derek Guiton(Author)
  • (13 Oct. 2015)
  • English
  • 2
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Guest on 17 May 2016

    This is a very important book which will make a significant contribution to the developing discernment within the Religious Society of Friends as we consider a possible revision of Quaker Faith and Practice.

  • By Thinking Through on 8 January 2016

    A brilliant and important book. An extremely lucid, fair and thoughtful work that confronts the fundamental crisis in Quakerism in the UK directly and clearly, identifying how the dominance of a new culture within the Religious Society of Friends has led to the movement rapidly transforming itself into something incompatible with its vibrant and valuable past. Given the poverty of intellectual thought on religion in modern British Quakerism today, this book came as a real but very welcome surprise. I honestly did not realise there was anyone within Quakerism capable of writing such a thing. This is an honest book that says very effectively what needs to be said. It merits careful reading and re-reading, not just by individuals but collectively by Quaker meetings. The book is primarily concerned with critiquing the non-realism that has become so prominent in the Society and looks likely to enshrine itself in the next edition of Quaker Faith and Practice; this phenomenon effectively judges that such things as collective discernment and waiting worship, the historic experience and testimony of Friends, are fictions (and, incidentally, make a complete nonsense of the Quaker concerns for honesty and plain speaking). It makes a compelling case for why the advocates of non-realism in the Society fail to show awareness of the weakness and incoherence of their position, and seem oblivious to the cogent reasons why this position either never achieved purchase in science or has collapsed in the humanities and social sciences. Instead Guiton argues critically and carefully, that Quakerism is, at the very least, a movement is made up of those open to the experience or the possibility of the experience of transcendence.

  • By Shropshire Lass on 28 March 2016

    This is book that has needed to be written for a long time. Guiton has expressed what I have felt as a (somewhat disillusioned) Quaker -except with an intellect, insight, intelligence and courage that I lack. This is an honest, thoughtful and challenging book to which I responded with a heartfelt 'Yes!'. I know that I am one of many who experience contemporary Quakerism as a spiritual wasteland. I am not yet one of the many who have left in despair at the way Quakerism is being hi-jacked by a secularisation campaign - but I am only just hanging in there. This book contains the reasons why I believe the organisation is ailing and dying. Just knowing someone has recognised and articulated the problem leaves me with a smidgin of hope. Renewal of our Quaker heritage and identity with its grounding in the spirit and teachings of Christ is axiomatic for its transformation, I feel. The problem is that Quakers are 'too nice' to challenge the problem robustly, with action and incisive intellect. This book is a start and I hope and pray that it's insights gain affirmation and momentum within the organisation. I found it wholly inspiring.

  • By SCR on 9 December 2016

    All of the reviews clearly and accurately state a view of the book I share in every way. A must read for members and attender alike.

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