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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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arise. Quakerism, in its earliest morning freshness,
was itself a pure, unfathomed river, derived
from pure fountains, which baptized the world
anew with the purifying waters of truth and faith
in the voice and power of truth. That was and
that is its good work to mankind. And its awakening
cry has penetrated with purifying power into
millions of souls. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his
belief in the power of this inner light and truth, is a
Quaker.

It was a mistake in the Quakers to believe that
man has sufficient of this inner light in himself,
nay, of his own strength, to attain to perfection,
and it still remains a mistake to this day. For this
reason they make too little use of prayer, too little
of the Lord’s Supper, too little of all those means
which the All-good Father has afforded to His
children, in order to bring them into connection
with Him and Him with them, that He might
impart to them His life and His strength, and which,
therefore, are so properly called means of grace.
Therefore it is also that they are deficient in that
reliance and freedom with which a child of God
moves through the whole circle of his creation,
regarding nothing as unclean and nothing as hurtful
which is enjoyed with a pure mind. They look
with suspicious glances upon all free beauty and
art and are afraid of joy; nay, they mistrust even

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