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I just said I wouldn’t be posting. But I am, because during my readings of other Quaker blogs, it has surprised me how much some Friends in liberal meetings seem to not fully appreciate which branch they’re in, where it’s headed, and what that all means.
The problem
To cut to the chase, Christianity is no longer […]

I just started a new blog as a place to put everything I think about that doesn’t seem suitable for Quaker blog, called Evolt. I’ll write about politics and culture of all sorts there. I’ll explain the name later (there, not here). In case you’re interested, I’m pasting the text of the first post here, […]

I haven’t blogged here for awhile, in one way or another mostly due to having attended the recent Young Adult Friends gathering in Burlington, New Jersey (photos | my photos). Met a lot of good people there. Hope to blog about it soon.
Right now though I want to highlight a post by Micah (who I […]

I’d like to officially announce Qmail, a service whereby I’m offering @quakerism.net email accounts, powered by Gmail.
If you email me with the address you’d like, I’ll set up an account for you, and you’ll be able access it through a Gmail-based web interface, and/or access your mail using a mail client through POP. Basically it […]

You should no longer have to register/log in to post comments, thanks to a new plugin I’m using (recommend by Kirk of Street Corner Society).

[A Hubberthorne intro is on the way, but I thought I’d cross-post something I just wrote for a LiveJournal community on anarchism and spirituality (info page) that I just started with Matt, who has commented here before.]
I just started reading a book called Mysticism and social transformation, edited by Janet K. Ruffing, which I am […]

In case you didn’t see it, a recent post by my new favorite Quaker blogger Richard M called “Of Athiests and Onions” is very interesting. In a nutshell, he explains how, from a theistic perspective, many Friends who describe themselves as nontheist may in fact be “theistic” in some deeper sense. I’ll save my comments […]




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  • There exists, finally, a somewhat numerous class of honest but timid souls who, too intelligent to take the Christian dogmas seriously, reject them in detail, but have neither the courage nor the strength nor the necessary resolution to summarily renounce them altogether. They abandon to your criticism all the special absurdities of religion, they turn up their noses at all the miracles, but they cling desperately to the principal absurdity; the source of all the others, to the miracle that explains and justifies all the other miracles, the existence of God. Their God is not the vigorous and powerful being, the brutally positive God of theology. It is a nebulous, diaphanous, illusory being that vanishes into nothing at the first attempt to grasp it; it is a mirage, an ignis fatuus that neither warms nor illuminates. And yet they hold fast to it, and believe that, were it to disappear, all would disappear with it. They are uncertain, sickly souls, who have lost their reckoning in the present civilization, belonging to neither the present nor the future, pale phantoms eternally suspended between heaven and earth...

    Mikhail Bakunin
    God and the state
    (thoughts on)


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