Talk:Testimony of Simplicity

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inclusive language etc[edit]

There are several glaring problems with the introduction to this page.
1 It is all in gender exclusive language, ie a person is always referred to as 'he'.
2 A testimony is not a 'belief' (1st sentence). It is an expression (especially in action) of the nature and will of God/Spirit/Inward Light.
3 The testimony of simplicity is not about using resources 'in ways that are most likely to make life truly better for oneself and others', but using them in accordance with the guidance of the Spirit, the will of God, etc. This is an important distinction, because otherwise it sounds like 'simplicity' is an abstract moral principle or rule rather than an expression of our experience of Spiritual reality.

Walkinthelight 21:15, 4 February 2007 (UTC)walkinthelight


Most of the Quaker Testimony articles have a merge tag, but I don't see a discussion on any of them. Where can this be found? The 'discuss' link directs to the main Friends article, but there is nothing on the talk page, nor the archives about this. FWIW, I don't think they should be merged, but left as stand alone articles. Surv1v4l1st (Talk|Contribs) 22:40, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

You are right, the editor proposing the merge has not attempted to justify his/her proposal. I have removed all the tags, and added a bried note to the main article's talk page. --NSH001 (talk) 07:55, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for handling it. :) Surv1v4l1st (Talk|Contribs) 22:06, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

Repetitions and Unnecessary sections[edit]

There are a number of paragraphs throughout this article that simple restate what has already been said. Also, I note at least one or two entire sections which sound as though their vague, uninformative content ought to be incorproated in the introduction, or else left out entirely. Anyone have thoughts on this? User:Snyrt —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:39, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

delete 1st link?[edit]

From Quaker Faith and Practice, Britain Yearly Meeting is a link listed but it seems to now be broken... delete?? sanasazi (talk) 02:36, 7 November 2010 (UTC)


Thomas D. Hamm The Quakers in America 2006 Page 101 "They point to the testimony of simplicity as one of the distinguishing aspects of Quakerism. The journey from plainness to simplicity was complicated, but some understanding of it is necessary to understand what simplicity means for ..." In ictu oculi (talk) 12:18, 1 March 2012 (UTC)


Why does it say Shakers in the right hand corner above that box? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drgreengrass (talkcontribs) 21:32, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

I am guessing that you're wondering why it "doesn't" it contain Shakers. I didn't do the tagging, but there's no Shakers WikiProject - and I'm guessing the person that tagged the article thought that was the best work group for this article based upon its early history. Does that help?--CaroleHenson (talk) 23:16, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply, Carole. But what I am referring to is the big box on the right hand side, the sidebar is about shakers not quakers. It says this stuff:

           Early chronology of Shakers
           Era of Manifestations
           Shaker communities
           Shaker families
           Shaker furniture
           Simple Gifts
           Testimony of Simplicity
           The Shakertown Pledge
           Works based on Simple Gifts

Notable people: Issachar Bates • D. M. Bennett • Hannah Cohoon • Mother Ann Lee • James Whittaker • Lucy Wright • and other notable Shakers

Drgreengrass (talk) 16:33, 16 May 2014 (UTC)