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He would be the lunatic of one idea
in a world of ideas, who would have all the people
live, work, suffer and die in that idea
in a world of ideas. (Wallace Stevens)

A few posts ago, where I said I would like to see brought back the fire and energy of the earliest generation of Quakers in […]

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 […]

Recently Matt left a comment asking a question on anarchism — what is the way forward?
“I’m frustrated with the anarchist movement as a whole because it seems most anarchists feel that the only way to affect real, radical change is through violence. I’m of the opinion that we can’t have a political revolution without a […]

Briefly — On the topic of a Quaker blogging “book of discipline,”* there’s a conversation going on in the comments to a recent post by Brooklyn Quaker (beginning here) about that very subject. The post is about the issue of whether the idea that “there is that of God in every person” is a traditional Quaker idea or a modern one, but at one point Rich felt he needed to delete some comments, and afterwards asked his readers for feedback. I’m posting about it because I think it’s a good idea (as I blogged about last month).

*I think this is a better name for such a concept than “Faith and Practice,” because “Faith & Practice” implies that we Quaker bloggers somehow have a common “faith,” when we obviously do not. But despite this, we could come up with a common set of guidelines for handling disputes, etc., and I think “Book of Discipline” captures this better as a phrase (and also, in my limited reading of old F&Ps/BoDs, when a YM book is called a “book of discpline” it tends to focus on just that – practices and procedures, rather than theology).

  • Zach: Pam: you remind me of my favorite Margaret Fell quote: "Now Friends, deal plainly with yourselves...
  • Zach: Lor, I like the comparison with Quaker journals, and think blogging is probably more like that than ...
  • Zach: Simon, I look forward to reading your post. I think that you may have posted the second comment ...
  • simonstl: Your flame and embers metaphor kept echoing with me, and eventually drove me to write: http://lig...
  • Lorcan: Hi Zach: I think it is a good idea. Frankly, I think to a degree it happens. Richard (Brillklyn Qua...
  • forrest: Once again I'm pointing folks to a long post. This was my latest attempt to crash the Pendle Hill...
  • simonstl: Your "fire and embers" metaphor provoked a line of thought on early Quakers for me that concluded he...


  • It is time to seriously consider that our best hope for a biodiverse Earth and a biocentric future for humanity would be civilization’s collapse. Let’s dream our post-petroleum utopias unapologetically wild.

    Peak Oil Anarchy
    "Peak opportunity"


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