the friend online
06 February 2009


Letters - preview
Theist or non-theist
Thank you for printing Edward Hoare’s letter (30 January) about theists and non-theists
  • There is always a middle way
  • I unite with much of what Edward says
  • But I would ask him to remember that not everyone who believes in a power that fills the universe and even the core of our being feels that presence as a person
  • Herein is one of the many paradoxes of faith
  • Even those who cannot believe that God is personal have sometimes great difficulty in praying without using personal language! This does not worry me, as all religious language is metaphorical, and we are human
  • As Edward says: ‘It is through the indefinable “that of God within” that we seek for unity in our worship and Business Meetings’ (my italics)


    This is a preview of the full article - to see the whole thing, or to post a comment you need to login, or alternatively you could try a free sample!


    This week's .pdf
    In this week's online edition... rss edition
    Leaping Jesus sculpture faces uncertain future
    Oliver Robertson
    News round-up
    Northern Ireland: another step forward
    Oliver Robertson
    Christian unity – or uniformity?
    Kurt Strauss
    Candia Barman and Jez Smith
    Taking worship to the people
    Gerard Benson and Mike Golby
    Book club news
    Book club reviews
    ‘Under the Wing of the Rock’
    Barbara Potter


    Things to do, where to stay, people to see etc...

    download this issue

    save this page

    most recent comments:
    Letters, Ala
    Quaker approach to business under the spotlight, David Hitchin
    Tackling the pay gap from both ends, anonymous poster
    Some more equal than others?, anonymous poster
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    The centrality of worship, Andrew Hatton, Maldon LM, Essex
    In the care of the Meeting?, chrissie hinde
    Lockerbie grief and justice, Jennifer Barraclough
    The centrality of worship, Peter Arnold
    The top ten reasons (plus three) why bottled water is a blessing, Fee Berry
    Letters, David Hitchin
    Marriage and committed relationships, Fee Berry
    George Fox and same gender partnership, Chris Bagley
    Marriage and committed relationships, Chris Bagley
    Meeting for meditation?, Barry
    Meeting for ‘weorthscipe’?, Gerard Guiton
    Report shows that all is not well in multicultural Britain, chrissie hinde
    Johann Sebastian Bach and the Jews, Peter Arnold
    Prisons: our growth industry, Peer Arnold

    Save on your phone bills with:
    the phone co-op - your voice counts