The God of broad places: a Christian approach to nontheism

I’ve written an article about how I, as a Quaker-shaped Christian, approach being in community with nontheists. It’s been published in The Friend, and it’s free to read. Do check it out! You can read it here.

3 thoughts on “The God of broad places: a Christian approach to nontheism

  1. Oh yes! this blog is balm to my soul, music to my ears. I was brought up Evangelical Free Church fundamentalist at Sunday school in a non-Christian family. I became and Anglican when I married my husband, who became an “evangelical atheist” 40 years ago, about 5 years into our marriage. I found a home in the Julian Meetings, an ecumenical contemplative prayer group. I left church completely for about 10 years at one point. More recently, I’ve loved going to St Beuno’s a Jesuit retreat centre in N Wales. I have been heavily influenced by the writings of Anthony de Mello, an Indian Jesuit who draws strongly on Zen traditions in his teaching (which caused the Catholic establishment to view him with suspicion in his latter years!). I’ve finally been drawn to Quakers where I find a wonderful blend of spirituality in it’s broadest sense and active working for social justice. I’ve come home. I honour my non-religious husband’s atheism. He has no problem with me attending Quaker meetings and becoming a full member. If we can live together in harmony all these years with no shared spirituality, surely Quakers, where all are open to the Light, can live together and rejoice in our rich differences. There need be no battle.

    1. Thanks for reading Dorothy. I’ve found de Mello’s writing really helpful too. I’m so glad you’ve found a spiritual home in Quakers.

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