Rachel Findley writes:
Christian Universalism is the basis on which I can deeply align with Christianity. Reading Sam Caldwell on “The Inward Light” helped to bring home to me how Quakerism unites Christianity and Universalism.
“It is my own view that Quakerism is neither exclusively Christian, as some Quaker Christians would have it; nor is it exclusively Universalist, as some Quaker Universalists would have it. The fact is Quakerism has always been a powerful amalgamation of both. My thesis is that not only is it possible to be both Christian and Universalist at the same time, but it has always been the very essence and peculiar genius of Quakerism to join the two in holy matrimony! I wish to explain how this is so. ”
– from Caldwell, posted at Freedom Friends Church, http://www.freedomfriends.org/Forum/viewtopic.php?id=80
Phil Gullley expresses a related thesis in his book “Why God will Save Every Person.”
Phil Gulley was the Elizabeth Watson lecturer at the FGC Gathering last summer. This talk, sponsored by QUF, was published in the Friends Journal (Jan 2011) and will be published online at the QUF website as soon as your editor finds time to post it.—Anthony Manousos
Richard Wigton writes:
As a Christocentric Quaker Universalist I understand the comment Jesus made–”I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”—to mean that Jesus ultimately decides who will get into Heaven. He never said you had to be his follower. It just means that Jesus would judge your heart. And I believe that Jesus gives up on no one. Even after death he will beckon people to come to him and in the end ALL will accept him. I believe that Jesus loves each of us so much that he will keep reaching out to us for as long as it takes.