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27 March 2009


A theology for our time: whose inner light? - preview
In his review of Patricia Williams’ Quakerism: a theology for our time (20 March), Michael Thomas writes that his theological problem ‘is whether the agnostic western conscience is different from the Judeo-Christian conscience, and from the Muslim conscience’
  • The book does not help him resolve this issue, nor, he says, ‘does it convince me that the Quaker Light is exclusive to the Society of Friends’

  • There is, of course, no such thing as ‘the Quaker Light’
  • There is simply the Universal Light of Christ that saint John, in his gospel, identifies with the second person of the Holy Trinity and which is God’s gift to every single human being in the world
  • It is, says saint John: ‘The true light that enlightens everyone who comes into the world’
  • This used to be known as ‘the Quaker verse’

  • Ernest Hall

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