Author: Mark Russ. Review by Jonathan Wooding
All Quaker-shaped human beings should read Mark Russ’s book, please. Its title is intended to appeal, it seems, to Christians who are not Quakers and want to know why Quakerism has to be a thing at all. But it also serves to remind Christianity-phobic Friends that the ‘forgetting of history’ will not do. Quakerism is birthed in a radical revision of ancient Christianity, not least in its understanding of the priesthood of all believers. We might just as helpfully title the book ‘Christianity-shaped Quakerism: How the Quaker way fits with the Jesus narrative(s)’.
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