Are you experienced? Joanna Dales looks at how Friends old and new have sought ‘real’ religion

‘We share with early Quakers the sense that religion should be based on experience.’

‘Real religion must be rooted in material reality.’ | Photo: John MacMurray, by Howard Coster, 1933

The philosopher John Macmurray (1891-1976), author of the 1965 Swarthmore Lecture, ‘Search for Reality in Religion’, invited his audience to reject forms of Christianity that were ‘unreal’.

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