Sing John Ball

Peter Boyce muses on a very well-known folk song

I suggest that the phrase ‘Quakers believe everyone is equal’ needs the concluding words: ‘before God.’ It then stands as a fundamental Quaker belief. The problem in adding Jesus as a fundamental, I feel, is that we are straying into avoidable dogma, as some believe and some don’t. The word ‘God’ is not dogmatic for me, though what others visualise as God may be.

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