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Religions 2018, 9(10), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100313

A Quiet Faith: Quakers in Post-Christian Britain

Independent Researcher, Cardiff, UK
The present paper is a further development based on the author’s report “The Changing Face of Faith in Britain. How Should Quakers Respond?” Britain Yearly Meeting & Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, UK.
Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 10 October 2018 / Accepted: 11 October 2018 / Published: 15 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interdisciplinary Quaker Studies)
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Abstract

Post-Christian Britain is characterised by a rejection of doctrinal and morally conservative religion. This does not reflect solely the experience of those with ‘no religion’ but can be found in the narratives of ‘new Quakers,’ those who have become members or attenders in the past three years. New Quakers contrast Quaker sense of acceptance, freedom from theological ideas and freedom to be a spiritual seeker with conservative Christian churches, which have often been experienced as judgmental and doctrinal. Quaker liberal morality also affords inclusivity to those who have felt marginalised, such as disabled and LGBT people. The way new Quakers articulate their identity shines a light on the contemporary transformation of religious forms and society. Their emphasis on individual spirituality and rejection of theological doctrine reflect the profound cultural shift towards a post-Christian Britain, which is religiously diverse, more open to individual spiritual seeking and more liberal morally and socially. View Full-Text
Keywords: Quakers; Christianity; non-religion; spirituality; liberal; UK Quakers; Christianity; non-religion; spirituality; liberal; UK
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