The fact that religious systems include a substantial element of magic thinking and mythology does not disprove their usefulness in a difficult world. Religious belief has been common in all cultures since the beginning of human time because, from an evolutionary point of view, it has demonstrable survival value. At all times of history, human life has been a dangerous and fearful proposition. Religion has often functioned well to abate fear, instill intention, promote courage, and protect from despair.
Moral injury is an emerging concept whose deep spiritual reality should be obvious to Quakers. A deep sense of transgression including feelings of shame, grief,… Continue reading →
Some recent conversations with Friends revealed that they considered Quaker Universalism to represent anything but Christianity. This is not surprising either… Continue reading →
Editor’s Note: In the course of our correspondence about the “Religion, Briefly Considered” series, I posed the following to Winston Davis: “I encourage you to c… Continue reading →