How the Quakers Invented America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 159 pages
Nationally syndicated columnist David Yount shows how Quakers and the Society of Friends shaped the basic distinctive features of American life, from the days of the colonies, revolution and founders, to the civil rights movements of modern times: freedom, equality, community, straightforwardness, and spirituality. Quaker prep schools and colleges continue to guide future generations of mostly non-Quaker students. Quaker spirituality is the basis for much of contemporary Christian spirituality. Yount makes clear that America would not have become what it is without the profound influence of the Friends.
 

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Contents

How the Quakers Invented America
1
Faith versus Feeling
19
The Meaning of the Light
27
The Significance of Jesus
37
How Quakers Approach the Bible
43
The Good Quaker
69
The Holy Experiment
77
Living in the Light of Eternity
87
A Peculiar People
105
What Jesus Learned in the Desert and Thoreau Learned in the Woods
113
To See the World in a Grain of Sand
119
How the Quakers Are Reinventing America
125
Acknowledgments
145
Bibliography
149
Index
151
About the Author

Why Did the Quakers Stop Quaking?
97

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About the author (2007)

David Yount writes the nationally syndicated column "Amazing Grace" and hosts a weekly cable TV program. He regularly appears in the media and is the author of nine books, including What are We to Do? and Be Strong and Courageous. He lives in Montclair, VA.

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