Rufus Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones

Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones

American Writer, Magazine Editor, Philosopher, College Philosophy Professor, Quaker Historian of Mysticism and Theologian, Co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee which has won the Nobel Prize

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The Spirit of man is a candle of God's lighting. It means that there is something in man's inmost being that can be kindled and struck into flame by God and as we feed the flame with our lives we can become revealing places for God, a flame of God's life. If it is true, and I believe it is, it is one of the greatest words that was ever spoken. It puts the basis of religion at the center of man's life where it belongs. Religion on this view is not an addendum to life, not something added on by a remedial scheme to a spiritually barren and bankrupt being. Religion is not a foreign bestowal; it is a divine spring and capacity which belongs to our being as men. Religion is just over-brimming, abounding life. My cup runs over.

Let a person's inner being be fortified with a faith in God and all his creative powers are quickened, his marching strength is heightened and his grip on everyday things is immensely increased. It is as though he had tapped a hidden reservoir of power.

Mystical experience?is no more difficult than any other supreme achievement.

Mysticism ought to be thought of simply as the experience of direct communion with the soul of God.

No one, I am sure, will suppose that I think that a religious experience is a substitute for a sound economic, or social, or financial, or political solution of the world's troubles. I only mean that we must deepen the quality of life and enlarge our faith in the scope of human destinies before any of the fine schemes on hand will work.

Nobody knows how the kindling flame of life and power leaps from one life to another. What is the magic quality in a person which instantly awakens faith. You listen to a hundred persons unmoved and unchanged: you hear a few quiet words from the man with the kindling torch and you suddenly discover what life means for you forevermore, and you become forthwith another man --carrying perhaps your own torch.

I have a profound faith that the times are ripe for a signal advance in religious belief and life and practice - for a Christianity translated into the terms of life and thought and action of the age in which we are actually living. There cannot be any great continuing civilization without the undergirding of religious inspiration?.

I visited Fuller every day for the first 20 or 30 years of my life. In those days, there was no pool and the park had limited amenities. Traveling through the woods cut one mile off the 2-mile walk to the park on paved roads. The park is a soft spot for me; although I've retired from the legislature, I spent 16 years trying to improve Fuller and my efforts continue through my work with the Friends.?

If God ever spoke, He is still speaking. If He has ever been in mutual and reciprocal communication with the persons He has made, He is still a communicating God, as eager as ever to have listening and receptive souls. If there is something of His image and superscription in our inmost structure and being, we ought to expect a continuous revelation of His will and purpose through the ages?.He is the Great I Am, not a Great He Was.

If we are to prove that Fox really struck a jet of living water, we ourselves must tap that same fountain.

It contains the best story material by which the minds of children have ever been trained, and it is the greatest literature of revelation that has come out of the far past of the race.

It seems to me tremendously important that Christ is as truly a revelation of man as He is a revelation of God. We see at last in Him what man was meant to be?.We have seen God revealed in Christ. I wish now that we might learn to see the divine possibilities of man revealed in Christ.

Fortunately we do not need to understand vital processes and energies of life before we utilize them and start living by them.

Friends come back from their worship with a new sense of ordination, but not the ordination of human hands. Something has happened in the stillness that makes the heart more tender, more sensitive, more shocked by evil, more dedicated to ideals of life, and more eager to push back the skirts of darkness and to widen the area of light and love

George Fox and his circle of Friends knew only too well that they were merely a remnant? but he lived and died in the faith that the Quaker group was the Seed of an immense world-wide harvest that would... Eventually become universal.

God's work, the doing of His will, is extraordinarily inclusive - raising food on the land, ordering a nurturing home, taking care of a child with loving insight, speaking simple truth, spreading love abroad in any spot of the world, praying and working for the Kingdom of God, being heroic in quiet ways, saying the right word when others do not dare, walking straight forward in the path of duty - these are some of the ways of doing God's will.

He is the eyes of a new creation, with its inexhaustible implications and possibilities.

His place in history?.is not found by studying the short span of years that He lived in Galilee and Judea, but it includes as well the whole process of transformation which His life and spirit have wrought through the centuries. History would be quite another matter if He were eliminated from its story.

All great prayer is born out of intense earnestness and out of a consciousness that only God through us as a feeble organ of His will can accomplish what we seek and what we need.

As the sap flows through the branches of the vine and vitalizes the whole organism so that it burst into the beauty and glory of foliage and blossom and finally into fruit, so through the lives of men and women, inwardly receptive, the life of God flows, carrying vitality, awakening love, creating passion for goodness, kindling the fervor of consecration and producing that living body, that organism of the Spirit, that 'blessed community' which continues through the centuries the revelation of God as love and tenderness and eternal goodness?

But we cannot find Him with a little fraction of ourselves?.It is the business of the whole self, it is the task of the entire life of man.

God, to be God, must transcend what is. He must be the maker of what ought to be.

Whether in times of war or times of peace the Quaker is under peculiar obligation to assist and to forward movements and forces which make for peace in the world and which bind men together in ties of unity and fellowship.

I think if you lower the limits on money it would encourage our elected officials to get into their districts... to interact with the average citizen to encourage more people to contribute smaller amounts to get their message across.

In any case, fighting will not settle whether the claims were just or unjust. It will only settle which nation can mobilize and handle its fighting forces and its economic forces the better.

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American Writer, Magazine Editor, Philosopher, College Philosophy Professor, Quaker Historian of Mysticism and Theologian, Co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee which has won the Nobel Prize