Here's the second part of my conversation with fellow Quaker theologian and author Ben Wood. In this podcast episode we get excited about the sabbath, the philosophy of Anne Conway, and spiritual desire for God. Enjoy. 🙂
I've some exciting news that readers of my blog may like to hear.
If you'd like to listen to me on the radio, I'll be presenting the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service on Friday 22 April at 9.45 BST, BBC Radio 4 LW.
Recently, I’ve seen a number of people on social media expressing sadness that Quakers in Britain aren’t at the forefront of campaigning for a particular cause, or against a particular problem. By not taking a collective stand on a moral issue, the Quaker community is falling short of their expectations. I’ve been thinking about why this disappointment might occur, and what I might say to someone who feels this way.
I am delighted to announce that my first book 'Quaker Shaped Christianity' will be published on 22 November 2022, priced at £7.99.
Dear readers, I hope that wherever you are reading this, you are safe and well. Here’s a short reflection on my reading, writing and thinking in 2021, and a big ‘thank you’ for reading the results.
I'm thrilled to reveal the cover for my new book "Quaker Shaped Christianity"!
I'm delighted to announce that I've just signed a contract with a publisher for my first book - 'Quaker shaped Christianity: How the Jesus story and the Quaker way fit together.'
In ‘Quaker Faith and Practice’ (Qf&p), the ‘book of discipline’ of Quakers in Britain, there is no chapter dedicated to sin or evil. Quakers are not known for their sin-talk. Early Quakers would accuse the Calvinists of ‘preaching up sin’. In Qf&p, there are Edgar B Castle’s words that ‘to contemplate evil is a poor way of becoming good’ (26.69). However, Qf&p does have quite a bit to say about sin and evil, and I’ve put this summary together as part of my work on Quakers and racism.
Where theology is concerned, Quakers find themselves pulled in two directions. We shy away from the idea of theology, yet we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.