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31 August 2007

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The resurrection is the anchor
I agree with the Comment (10 August) in which Ted Hoare urges British Friends both to welcome the guidance of science and to stop being double-minded about Jesus
  • But I regret that he begins his positive recommendations by merely asking us to attempt the teachings of Jesus and mentions only in second place the Divine Power that makes such an attempt possible
  • The following reference to guiding power then seems somewhat inadequate
  • Christian obedience involves taking the Cross and Resurrection seriously and he mentions neither
  • Judy Kirby chides some of us for being 'fixated on the death' of Jesus but the suggested alternative seems to be a limited edited selection of the teaching of someone who died 2000 years ago
  • The original Quaker emphasis was on the resurrection of Jesus and the claim that this takes away our sin if we are prepared to take up our cross, die to ourselves and enter a new life here and now with Him
  • That is where the teaching and guidance begin and this is the origin of our distinctive testimonies
  • Without this basis I see no prospect of a united Quaker movement, especially one that could include the great majority of Friends worldwide

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