British Quakers and the Bible Today


Summer 2002 No 10 – 01/07/2002


Author: Peggy Heeks

Document Code:                WJ10


I happily recommend this new study by Peggy Heeks. Her interviews and reflections bring into helpful focus impressions many of us have regarding changes in the role of the Bible in Britain Yearly Meeting over the past half-century. The voices quoted and summarised here give vital expression to many of the questions, concerns and discoveries circulating among Friends today. Peggy’s comments and reflections balance appropriately between concern and hope. She was finishing these interviews as her 2001 Eva Koch Fellowship year began. Her Fellowship project was to research British Quaker attitudes toward the Bible a century ago. As the interview research was more ‘seasoned’ for writing and publication, we agreed that it was apt for this issue of The Woodbrooke Journal. We look forward to reading, in whatever form they may take, the findings of her Eva Koch Fellowship research. Meanwhile, we also look forward to the findings of our other 2001 Eva Koch Fellow, David Rush, on non-theistic Friends in Britain and North America today, anticipated for our next issue. His and Peggy’s research will enlighten us about two key trends in liberal Quakerism today.

Douglas Gwyn

Quaker Studies Tutor

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