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21 November 2008


T’ain’t what you do – it’s the way that you do it - preview

John Anderson, of Taunton Meeting, examines our way of believing and of managing our Society

Friends will perhaps agree that what is central to us, apart from our testimonies, is our business method, our Meeting for Worship and our beliefs
  • And the crux of the matter is our way of believing

  • The simple logic runs thus: ‘If I believe a thing that is diametrically different from what you believe, then either I am right and you are wrong or you are right and I am wrong or we are both wrong
  • What is not possible is we can both be right
  • ’ I believe that this kind of argument underpins the hesitancy with which we hold even our most cherished convictions
  • I also believe that this induced hesitancy enables us to tolerate an immense and mixed herd of sacred cows within the Society and to be open, as individuals and as a Society, to the light and when where ever we see it shine glow or glimmer
  • (Of course I could be mistaken
  • )

    John Anderson

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