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28 August 2009

Leaving Quakers… - preview

Sarah Pearce describes how she found herself drawn towards Catholicism

I have been struggling for some time with what seems like a spread of agnosticism in the Society of Friends
  • By this I am not talking about the rejection of an anthropomorphic concept of God, or a reaction against some of the old images and, as I see it, often distorted thinking about Him
  • Indeed in my early days as a Friend, most Quaker thinking came as a relief from what I had often heard from other Christians, much of which made no sense to me

  • But the dominant voice in Friends now seems to be a rejection, or at least a very strong doubt, that there is anything out there with which we can relate in a personal way – any solid guide to walk us through the turmoil of life, or give comfort in the terrifying small hours of the night, or prompt us with love and truth to help us to live up to what we aspire to be – only some very helpful guidance, and perhaps at best something like an imaginary friend

  • Sarah Pearce

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