Archive for October, 2006

Hating the oppressor

Ever since I and Matt started an “Anarchist Spirituality“ forum on LiveJournal a little over a week ago, I’ve been trying to get clearer on what specifically are the things that bother me about secular or “non-spiritual” radical political culture.
And yesterday I got a magazine in the mail (Bite Back #11) that has given me […]

As one passing out of the body: Introduction to Richard Hubberthorne

As explained in “The scandal of early Quaker studies”, I want to start putting some of the out-of-print writings of the earliest Quakers online. I’m starting with a Friend named Richard Hubberthorne (1628-1662).
I am drawn to Hubberthorne in particular because he was an average, ordinary member of a remarkable group. One historian includes him […]

Mysticism and social transformation

[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 […]

The scandal of early Quaker studies

Ever since I started reading the early Quakers two years ago, I’ve been scandalized by how little of what the earliest Friends wrote is available today, with the exception of George Fox.
Imagine if the Catholic Church allowed most of the New Testament to go out of print, aside from (say) Paul’s writings, and you had […]

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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.

    Rex Ambler,
    Light to Live By p. 7

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