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A note on being constructive

Having just posted a basically intellectual reply to two comments on “Carrying the Society as long as you can”, I want to also affirm the wisdom of what philosopher Philip Kitcher says in this interview, which you should listen to if you have any interest in the things I’ve been writing about lately. One of […]

The post-religious destiny of Quakerism

[The following grew out of a reply to Bill and Richard’s comments on the last big post.]
It’s certainly true that early Friends were Christian – very much so. There’s plenty evidence of that.
But it’s a profound mistake to see these outward beliefs – and if you’ve read much of early Friends, you know the […]

Carrying the Society as long as you can

[Apologies to feed or post-by-email readers who received an incomplete draft of this post…]
If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, you probably recall the entry “A post-Quaker vision of the Society of Friends”. When I wrote that, I was in the opening throes of a period of intellectual reorganization, which I […]

La espiritualidad post-religiosa

At times like these — when you notice you’re being linked to by what looks like a great blog written from Ecuador — I wish I knew more than the most rudimentary Spanish. An excerpt, from “Mi espiritualidad post-religiosa”:
Así entonces escogí considerarme cuáquero [= Quaker] (luego se salir del colegio), todo el que crea en […]

Nontheist Friends interest group on Tuesday

The details of the nontheist Friends interest group at New England YM, as promised: it will be tomorrow night at 9 pm, room 359 of the Unistructure. I haven’t been able to find any other nontheist Friends who are attending sessions this year, aside from one YAF who is of the more post-Quaker persuasion like […]

Possible nontheist Friends interest group at New England YM

As mentioned last post, at the last minute I ended up being unable to go to Canadian Yearly Meeting, so a few days ago I registered for trusty old New England Yearly Meeting. And though I’ve found much to like about the schedule (as usual), there seemed to be a little underrepresentation of the more […]

The universe keeps surprising me

Briefly — My perspective on evangelical Friends changing, in part after reading more about Freedom Friends church, though I should say I’m not sure how representative they are of evangelical Friends generally; they aren’t even a part of Northwest YM. I’m not ready to say much more about this topic yet.
It’s partly explained by my […]

More on understanding Quaker business meeting

(On second thought, I’m posting this separately from the note on Progressive Friends.)
A followup to the last post about better understanding what goes on in meeting for business will probably take more than a few weeks, but it’s on the way. I feel like I need to do more reading before I do more writing. […]

Rationalizing Quaker business theory

(There’s a big followup to my last major post on the way, but in the meantime I continue with little tidbitty posts.)
One of the ways I think liberal Quakerism should change (under that name or not) is in being more understandable.
Being such a theory-averse, intuition-based group has many benefits, to be sure. But it’s quite […]

Four ways to make your meeting Christian

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 […]




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  • So his initial message was always the same: give up your dependence on doctrines, rituals, preachers and everything else that is external to you, and find the light within you because that will teach you all you need to know. And you already know what the light is, because it's that that makes you uncomfortable about the things you do wrong. So take note of those uncomfortable feelings, and let 'the light in your conscience' show you what they're all about it. If you allow it to, the light will show you the whole truth of your life, and if you then accept that truth, it will set you free – free from guilt and shame, but also free from the powerful desires that made you act wrongly in the first place.

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