Fox called Quakerism an “experimental” faith. Today,
Friends are more likely to call it “experiential,” and
this in turn
implies willingness to consider new insights and perceptions.
Friends historical experience has led to shared attitudes and a
mode of living in the world that is reflected in Friends’ testimonies,
which guide the living faith both individually and corporately.
have often completed the study of a problem, whether spiritual or
worldly, by offering a set of queries, believing that
may open the way to Truth more effectively than a set of
conclusions. This practice dates from the early days of the Quaker
movement. Most books of Faith and Practice include a set of
Queries, often accompanied by a set of Advices <see
page 31>. Advices
and Queries offer challenge and inspiration, while nurturing
continued exploration of Friends faith and practice.