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Nature and Authority of Conscience

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In "Nature and Authority of Conscience" by Rufus Jones, the author delves into the complex relationship between an individual's conscience and external sources of authority. He argues that conscience is a powerful force within every person, guiding them toward what is right and just.

Jones explores the origins of conscience and how it develops throughout a person's life, shaping their moral beliefs and decisions. He also examines the influence of societal norms and religious teachings on an individual's conscience, and how these external factors can either enhance or suppress one's inner moral compass.

Throughout the book, Jones presents various case studies and examples to illustrate his points, making his arguments clear and compelling. He ultimately concludes that conscience is a deeply personal and essential aspect of human nature, and that individuals should always strive to listen to and follow their inner voice of morality.

Overall, "Nature and Authority of Conscience" is a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of a fundamental aspect of human nature. Jones' writing is clear and engaging, making this book a valuable read for anyone interested in ethics, philosophy, or the human psyche.

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Rufus Matthew Jones was an American religious leader, writer, magazine editor, philosopher, and college professor. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Haverford Emergency Unit . One of the most influential Quakers of the 20th century, he was a Quaker historian and theologian as well as a philosopher. In 1917 he helped found the American Friends Service Committee. This work was delivered as a Swarthmore Lecture in August 1920 and was printed by the Swarthmore Press Ltd.


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