A Peculiar People
Gurney (1788-1847), Elizabeth Fry's brother, was a birthright Friend and a recorded minister. He traveled extensively in America and Europe working for peace, penal reform, and the abolition of slavery, but was divisive in America because he held the view that the practice of Quakerism requires a, "humble reliance on the teaching of the Spirit...and a diligent use of the sacred Scriptures." the result of his making this argument was a major split that persists to this day and which influenced the development of evangelical Quakerism, though his views would these days be most in line with those of Conservative Friends. This book presents his thoughts on the radical nature of Quakerism.