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Our Theological Illiteracy

We have heard a good deal of late about our theological illiteracy as Friends, and we are likely to hear a good deal more. The following observations are intended to touch upon only a part of the subject. One reason for the present interest is undoubtedly the contacts by some Friends in the ecumenical movement with theologically minded folks in other churches. Regret is expressed that Friends are so few of them qualified to understand the thinking of other Christians. Highly trained theologians in the Society were, of course, for centuries almost nonexistent. In the first generation, when all๐Ÿ”’

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Henry J. Cadbury (1883โ€“1974), a biblical scholar and peace activist, taught at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and Harvard University, and served on the committee that developed the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.


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