…is my acronym for the four virtues of Stoic philosophy: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. They are sometimes called the cardinal virtues (from the Latin cardo, or hinge) because virtue in general hinges upon these four subtypes.
But the four Stoic virtues apply equally to Christianity and Quakerism. So, for example, do you have the courage to speak in meeting when Spirit moves you? In business meeting do you speak temperately and courteously, or does irritation creep into your voice? Are you engaged in social justice activities, or do you prefer—like me—to watch Netflix? Are you wise enough to accept varieties of Quakerism, or do you complain about Quakers who are not Christocentric?
I’d argue that Friends who dwell in the Light are “cat jaw” Quakers.
~ Richard Russell
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