Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 2 – Being honest about the stories we tell

Jolly Quaker

Here’s part two of a series of posts reflecting on the book of Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore LectureOpen for transformation: being Quaker’. You can find part one here.

A sentiment I have often heard is that Quakers don’t do, or need, theology. It’s true that you don’t need a degree in theology to be a Quaker, and academic learning doesn’t make you a better Quaker, but we are wrong if we think theology redundant. We need good theology, because there’s a lot of bad theology out there. I believe that theology in its simplest form is the story we tell as a religious community, about our beginnings, how we got here and where we’re going.

Here are three stories that all claim the name Quaker:

The apocalyptic story

Once there was a man called George Fox who believed that ‘Christ has come to teach his people…

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