Many people today respect the search for a spiritually grounded life. By studying the formation of early Friends’ experience of transformation, Doug Gwyn offers an understanding of the doctrine of atonement that offers depth and hope to those with a hunger for truth.
About the Author(s)
Doug Gwyn grew up in the pastoral stream of Friends in Indiana. After experiencing a call to ministry in 1968, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he began to know unprogrammed Friends better. Over the years, he has followed his calling to ministry into work as a Friends pastor, as a writer for the American Friends Service Committee, and as a teacher at the Quaker study centers Pendle Hill and Woodbrooke. His training in biblical studies has informed his research and writing on early Friends and on current issues among Friends today. Doug has coined the term “bispiritual” to describe Friends like himself who are engaged and nurtured by both pastoral and unprogrammed Friends, in different ways. His wife, Caroline Jones, is a Friend and dharma teacher in the Insight Buddhist tradition.
His books include Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox (1986), The Covenant Crucified: Quakers and the Rise of Capitalism (1995), A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation (2014), and Conversation with Christ: Quaker Meditations on the Gospel of John (2011). Doug is currently completing a history of Pendle Hill.