The following post was written by Blake Everitt, an English Friend and member of the newly-formed Revolutionary Quakers. This essay explores the prophetic and apocalyptic nature of early Quakerism, and sketches out how middle class revisionism took over the Religious Society of Friends. “But wo from the Lord God unto them that strive to hinder … Continue reading The Religious Society of Friends: Children of Prophets or Children of Propheticide?
"After all, the other way of disqualifying the pastor’s role is to claim that the times are fulfilled or in the process of being fulfilled, and that God will return or is returning to gather his flock. He will be the true shepherd. Consequently, since he is the true shepherd coming to gather his flock, … Continue reading Foucault on Apocalypticism as Dissidence
Ellen Charry writes that “New Testament writers anticipated, or perhaps provoked, Christian clashes with the empire.” She suggests that contemporary Christians “struggle,” in the context of liberal democracy and as members in good standing of the sociopolitical power apparatus, “to remain uncomfortable in a comfortable culture, which compels them to conform.” 20 For Charry, this is … Continue reading Dualities of the Absurd: Is Apocalyptic a necessary dualistic regime?
Confusing for many within the context of liberal democracies is how national entities often act in opposition to the gospel, or the revealed will of God, yet just as often in a unsuspecting manner. Empires and governments are often identified in Scripture as the very instruments of wrath through which the divine plan is accomplished. … Continue reading Is your church worshiping the Beast, or just avoiding an uncomfortable tension in truths…
“We do not want you to copy or imitate us. We want to be like a ship that has crossed the ocean, leaving a wake of foam which soon fades away. We want you to follow the Spirit, which we have sought to follow, but which must be sought anew in every generation.” —Extracts from the Writings of … Continue reading A New Quakerism
I once heard John Shelby Spong tell a crowd of admirers that the Book of Revelation should have never been included in the canon. My disagreement with the Bishop is not that he takes issue with the canon. Far from it, as I have a particular beef with the two Tims and Titus. The issue … Continue reading John of Patmos trumpets power of the cross toward Christians for America
What is the revolution? Historically whenever one group of people finds themselves oppressed, exploited and belittled by another they usually begin to conceive collectively of a time when the situation will change. Either for a brutal reversal of the situation or of a new world where people treat each other with dignity and equality. Examples … Continue reading The Kingdom of God and the Revolution