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02 February 2007

Putting testimony to the test - preview

Alec Davison reviews the Quaker Testimonies Committee’s new publication

When the next sceptic challenges you to prove that God exists, show him one of the Quaker testimonies flourishing in action
  • 'Our understanding of testimony is that it expresses our deepest sense of how God would have us act
  • ' For testimony can be seen as an evolutionary emergent in humanity's story, along with compassion and empathy, and 'its ultimate test is whether Friends live it
  • ' Not words but deeds

  • These deeds will be based on the promptings of love and truth, which Quakers know as the way the creative Spirit works
  • God is process, so our belief is our practice
  • It is an entanglement of worship and witness and our corporate testimonies most express where the Society stands and what it stands for
  • At a time when religious faith seems out of control and justification for horror on horror, we need again to root our lives in the way of the Spirit – in truth, peace, integrity, and all that creates community: in testimony

  • Alec Davison

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