Excerpt from The Lesson of Quakerism: An Essay Read in Boston, January 26, 1870 The distinctive doctrine of Quakerism is the affirma tion of the immediate teaching and in uence of the Holy Spirit in the human soul. It has elaborately wrought creed, or articles of faith. Among Friends there is a general unity of belief concerning the immediate teaching of the spirit 3 but a diversity of opinion in relation to other points of doctrine. Orthodox Friends, while they do t have the outward communion service of bread and wine, differ little from other so-called orthodox Christians in their teaching of the plan of salvation through Jesus, and their literal accep tion of the Bible. Hicksite Friends are more latitudinarian. Emphasizing the doctrine of the Inner Light, they, as a class, are less strenuous, outward and technical, in relation to Jesus as a Saviour, and the literal authority of the Bible. There are many, however, of the latter class of Friends who have been appropriately designated as Orthodox Hicksites. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.