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The 1956 Quaker Lecture of Indiana Yearly Meeting.
The pastoral system in the Society of Friends came as such a radical departure from traditional practices that it seemed to many sincere Friends to be a device of the Devil to destroy the identity of the sons and daughters of George Fox.
Experience has shown that it is not easy to resolve differences within or between groups when misunderstandings are nurtured on dogmatic assertions. The strong feelings engendered by the Great Separations of over a century ago drove t he various branches of Friends to such extremes that each branch felt it necessary to establish its own system of doctrinal absolutes. In the burning heat of argument each group claimed to be the true torch-bearer of the Quaker faith and consequently, each branch disowned the other. As in all broken relationships, reconciliation was impeded by prejudice on all sides.
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Heusel, Lorton, "The Quaker Pastorate" (1956). Historical Quaker Books. 71.