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24 August 2007

Prophets and Saviours - preview

Biblical language may deter many Quakers but is there a common factor in the message of ancient prophets that speaks today? Two of the first Triennial speakers tackled this urgent question. Here are excerpts from their addresses.

Doreen Dowd, an Irish Friend, asked 'can we with our enormous diversity of outlook still find a united message for the 21st century?'
'You are here as guests of Ireland Yearly Meeting and for a variety of historical and social reasons Friends in Ireland reflect the breadth of diversity that is found amongst Friends across the world
  • I know that even amongst the small group of Irish Friends here this morning, there is a great range of understanding about who Jesus is and his significance for the world today
  • How should we interpret the Bible, was Jesus an inspired Jewish teacher, even a prophet, but only one of the people who have had a special perception of the nature of God, or is he the only begotten son of God the father, fully divine, fully human, who died on a cross as an expression of God's profound love for us and our need of restoration to wholeness and who rose again triumphing over death?

    Doreen Dowd & Bill Medlin

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