Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

What Bible Is She Reading?

September 8, 2015 What Bible is she reading? Or how is she reading her Bible? So long as Kim Davis is occupying so much of the news cycle for her refusal to issue (or allow to be issued) marriage licenses … Continue reading

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Character — Is It There? Is It Real?

September 1, 2015 This summer I’ve been reading Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe trilogy: The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), The Lay of the Land (2006), and now four short stories about Bascombe in Let Me Be Frank With You (2014).  … Continue reading

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Peace Moves to Center Stage At the Core of Development at the UN

August 4, 2015 As a member of the governing committee that oversees the work of the Quaker United Nations Office in New York (QUNO-NY), I’ve just received the e-mail below from Andrew Tomlinson, QUNO-NY’s Director. He’s reporting on progress at … Continue reading

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Changing Your Religion

July 21, 2015 There is a Quaker family in Some Luck, Jane Smiley’s novel (first of a trilogy) about an Iowa farm family, but that’s not what drew my interest. Good thing, too, because nothing is said about this family … Continue reading

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All Hail Max Carter

May 18, 2015 On QuakerQuaker this morning I posted a brief appreciation of Max Carter for his quarter century as Director of Friends Center at Guilford College. Yes, Max is one of those Carters, one of the stalwart families of … Continue reading

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Should We Record Ministers?

May 13, 2015 If we believe that all are called to ministry, should Yearly Meetings specially record some people as ministers? When a group of meetings were set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting a few years ago and then formed … Continue reading

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My Family

May 8, 2015 Today would have been my Dad’s 96th birthday. This past Saturday, my older son Tommy married Randall Johnston in Little Rock, Arkansas. These are just the two most prominent reasons I’m thinking about my family today. “Family” … Continue reading

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