Religion: Fighting Friends

U.S. Quakers had good reason to "dwell deep" last week, and seek for a leading "in the silence of the creature." Pacifism, one of the principles about which Friends are most touchy, had been challenged by Brand Blanshard, head of the Philosophy and Religion Department of Quaker Swarthmore College. It was typical of the Quakers that he was given four pages in the Friends Intelligencer for his attack. Friends had seldom read anything quite like it.

Said Philosopher Blanshard, a Quaker convert: pacifism is "plainly immoral." A Friend, he maintained, can take up arms and still be a Friend. He rejected the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!