Rufus Jones speaks to our time : an anthology

by Rufus M. Jones

Other authorsHarry Emerson Fosdick (Editor)
Hardcover, 1953



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Bannisdale P, 1953.

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Rufus Jones (1863-1948) was an educator, a philosopher, a fine writer, and "lighted many candles" as one of his students once said. This collection of short pieces and extracts from larger works is arranged as answers to common questions among spiritual seekers: Where Is God? How Does God Reveal
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Himself? What Is Man? How Explain Conscience? What Is Vital Religion? Is Science Enough? What Is True Mysticism? What Does Prayer Mean? What Is the Matter with the Church? What Is the Christian Way of Life? How Deal with Dark Days? Who Are the Quakers? Why Believe in Immortality?

My first acquaintance with Jones's writing was his Pathways to the Reality of God (1931), which I found on a library shelf in 2008. When I came across the section where he chastised any religion that demands that you ignore good science, I was prepared to open my mind to anything else he had to say. At the time, I was trying to make sense of my own mystical experiences. Well known as one of American's most famous mystics, in one volume of his autobiography series, he stated, "The essential characteristic of [mysticism] is the attainment of a personal conviction by an individual that the human spirit and the divine Spirit have met, have found each other, and are in mutual and reciprocal correspondence as spirit with Spirit."

I aspire to read everything he wrote, from the first in 1899 to the last in 1948. (The first three are available online in the "Quaker Digital Collection.") Many of his books are currently available as paperback reprints.

While this collection is a nice "taster" of Jones's writing, I far prefer his full-length books for development of his ideas that are good fodder for the ruminations of the spiritual seeker.
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inscription: C.M. Gibney R.A.F. Sy H. 19. III '55

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