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DEMOCRACY AND RELIGION
A Study in Quakerism
THE REFORM OF THE REFORMATION
Has Religion anything to do with Democracy ? The
great majority of our contemporaries are prompt
to deny this question. On the continent of Europe
there is even felt a contradiction between both
powers : democrats are usually secularists, devout
people are frequently reactionaries. Nevertheless
the names of Lincoln and Gladstone forbid such a
The same question applies to Quakerism.
Has Quakerism anything to do with Democracy.?
Has it any bearing upon Politics at all ? Many
Quakers both of to-day and yesterday, indeed, the
so called " Quietists " of Quaker history have
answered this question in the negative. Yet the
names of George Fox and William Penn in the
seventeenth century, of John Bellers and John
Woolman in the eighteenth, of William Allen and
John Bright in the nineteenth, and of President
Hoover in our own day, are enough to remind us that
Quakerism has in truth much to do with Politics,