William Penn Lectures:
Demand For Social Reconstruction
By Dr. Harry F. Ward, 1918
A resounding indictment of capitalistic industrialism, Dr. Ward speaks
urgently from a Christian standpoint about the conditions of society of
the day. Christianity, he says, "calls men to be born again, and these
new-born men to create a new social order. It proclaims a social ideal
and points out a dynamic by which it may be achieved. It is neither content
with the world nor bent upon escaping from it. It will neither flee the
evil that is in the world nor compromise with it."
Tranquility: The Quaker Witnesses
By Ira De A. Reid, 1958
Speaking to an era when the cold war was being fought with a vengeance,
Dr. Reid, a social scientist has thoughtful words on the value of Quaker
witness and testimony. "The Quaker inward peace is at once scientifically
tenable and spiritually propitious. It will permit its holders to have
a religion of healthy-mindedness rather than one of weary, sin-sick souls...
Pendle Hill Pamphlets:
The earliest of the series are now available.
and Coercion as Methods of Social Change
php001 by Vincent D. Nicholson, 1934
This paper is an introduction to a study of how our civilization addresses
conflict resolution through either cooperation or coercion. Vincent Nicholson
is careful to define these terms and to focus the discussion on the moral
issues which are involved.
Religious Solution to the Social Problem
php002 by Howard H. Brinton, 1935
Howard Brinton, the Dean of Pendle Hill, defined the most significant
social problem of his day as one of "excessive individualism." The remedy
he seeks is one which counters that syndrome and, at the same time, "respects
the hard-won rights of the individual...
Value of Voluntary Simplicity
php003 by Richard B. Gregg, 1936
"Is it not the duty of sensitive people to grasp power and direct its
use as well as possible? Is this cry for simplicity only a camouflage for
irresponsibility, for lack of courage or failure of energy?"
the Refreshing of the Children of Light
php101 by Geoffrey F. Nuttall, 1959
Written by a man who, while not a Quaker, had studied the Quaker traditions
in depth, this pamplet investigates several themes which are fundamental