Item description for Why Friends Are Friends: Some Quaker Core Convictions by Jack L. Willcuts...
What is worship? What do Friends/Quakers believe about baptism and communion? How does the Quaker business meeting work? Those acquainted with Friends, and some Friends themselves, find some of the doctrinal differences of Quakers troubling and confusing. Why Friends Are Friends is an attempt to examine the Quaker past and connect it with the present and the challenges of the future. "These connections," writes Willcuts, "become again our own convictions as we return to the revealed Word and the leadings of the Spirit. This is why Friends are Friends." Topics include worship, the sacraments, the Friends concept of ministry, peacemaking, the Friends business meeting, and living a powerful Christian life.
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Studio: Barclay Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Mar 12, 2002
Publisher Barclay Press
ISBN 0913342459 ISBN13 9780913342459
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More About Jack L. Willcuts
Jack L. Willcuts was born in 1870 and died in 1960.
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Definitive Guide to Quaker Beliefs Dec 17, 2007
This is a very definitive encapsulation of Quaker (Friends) beliefs written in a forthright, easy to understand format. Jack Willcuts wrote this several years ago, but it stands the test of time and is a fantastic reference book to refresh Quakers on the core beliefs. I bought it for that purpose and found that it can also be an excellent reference for any church on how to work within the community in carrying out Jesus' ministry.
Good Little Book Jan 19, 2005
Willcuts is a clear writer, and was devoted to both Christ Jesus and to those of His servants who call themselves Friends (or Quakers).
What this book gives you is a clear, concise (6 chapters, totallying only about 100 pages) description and defense of some Evangelical Quaker distinctives. Specifically, he speaks of evangelical Quaker worship, the Quaker view of the sacraments, calling to ministry, pacifism, and rule by consensus (or "getting the sense of the meeting"). So, if that's what you want, that's what you'll get.
If you're looking for a historical or comparative approach to these issues, this is not the book you want. Willcuts is specifically evangelical in his approach. You may want to try a book like A Living Faith, by Wilmer Cooper, if you want a historical comparative approach.
If you're looking for a history of Quakerism, this is also not the book you want. Willcuts is presenting the stance of evangelical Quakers of today.
If you're looking for a full-fledged defense of Quaker theology, you certainly won't get that here (try Barclay's Apology). Willcuts assumes basic Christianity as a background, and confines himself to talking about specifically evangelical Quaker issues.
As an Evangelical Friend who appreciates ecumenism, I found this book to be a good summary of what other Christians should be told if they want to know what is different about my denomination, and also provided a decent basis for them.