Quaker Theology #25 - Summer-Fall 2014
This 25th issue of Quaker Theology
marks our 15th anniversary. It ranges widely: not only geographically,
from Cambodia to Cuba, from England to southeastern North Carolina, but
also across religious and ideological frontiers, taking in Buddhism,
Christianity both Quaker (Liberal and Evangelical) and Catholic, plus
two distinct varieties of communism.
The topics addressed cover inter-religious dialogue; peace work in both
Quaker and interfaith settings; forgiveness and karma. Across history
it touches on the treatment of a heroic but nearly-forgotten early
Friend; the origins of Quaker antislavery work; a noisy band of
radical nineteenth-century Friends. We think there is plenty of
substance in these pages.
It also includes reviews of six books. Since three of the titles were
the work of the Editor, the editing (and part of the reviewing) of
these was handled by Associate Editor Stephen Angell.
As we go to press, nearing the end of a turbulent summer, numerous
current books and articles are marking the centennial of the beginning
of the First World War. Many disturbing echoes are heard in these
recollections. At the same time, new wars are raging, and old ones seem
to be rekindling. The “Throwback” theme in our culture is widespread;
our prayer is that it will not come to include a return to the brutal
insanities which marked the first decade of this century.
One of the reviews here was submitted by a non-Friend, John Kiriakou.
He is a former CIA analyst, who is currently serving a prison sentence
for making public some details of the Agency’s torture program which
was part of the “War on Terror.” He sits in jail, while all the torture
program architects and operators walk free. As the nation seems to
tremble on the edge of a new “war on terror”, we are honored to be able
to give even this small measuure of recognition to one who resisted
that madness, a disorder that seems to be coming to the fore again.
-- Chuck Fager
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