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18 July 2008

Is there a gap? - preview

Stephen Cox wonders whether there is a dearth of teaching in the Religious Society of Friends about how to access the Inner Light

For some time I have had a concern (more in the everyday than the Quaker sense of 'concern')


  • For me, Quakers currently are not particularly helpful in encouraging and giving guidance to others as to how to discover what I call the 'Inner Light' deep within themselves


  • Early Friends 350 years ago experienced the Inner Light and advised others how to do so
  • This does not seem to be happening these days


  • One reason may be that Quakers generally shy away from telling others what to do: understandable since Quakers or those in the Quaker fold do not wish to push others
  • Fine: unless guidance is needed

  • Stephen Cox

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