Religion: Force or Power?

Few of "the world's people" know what Quakers are up to when they sit, hands folded patiently, in hour-long silence. They are listening, as some Friends say, "in the silence of all flesh." For central to the Quaker view is the belief that man is a moral ruin, that only in the silent suspension of man's common activities can God "work in and direct the soul" as "by an invasion, a breaking in, a prevailing of the Divine."

Also central to the Quaker view is the exasperating belief that a God of Love cannot be at the same time a God of...

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