Seeing Iris, part two: Jonathan Wooding has more on a profound Quakerly thinker

‘Just sitting quiet will help. Teach it to children.’

‘There are innumerable points at which we have… to attend upon the grace that comes through faith.’ | Photo: Ida Kar/National Portrait Gallery

If Iris Murdoch had ministered to Friends (as some of her relatives did) I suspect we would have welcomed this: ‘Perhaps (I believe) Christianity can continue without a personal God or a risen Christ, without beliefs in supernatural places and happenings, such as heaven and life after death, but retaining the mystical figure of Christ occupying a place analogous to that of Buddha: a Christ who can console and save, but who is to be found as a living force within each human soul and not in some supernatural elsewhere.’

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