Mark Vernon is not a Quaker, but his new book has a lot to say about silence, eternity, consciousness and the nature of what he still calls ‘God’
I was on holiday with friends in a sunny corner of Cornwall when one of them confessed she was engaged in a personal enquiry. She had decided to ask each of us about our image of God.
It was a good idea. As a group we occupied many positions along the religious spectrum from atheist to evangelical; ‘spiritual but not religious’ to professional Anglican clergyman. She received a range of replies, from ‘Jesus’ to ‘love’ to ‘Spirit.’ The atheist said: ‘Patriarch in the sky.’ You can be an atheist and still have a powerful image of God.
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