Early Quakers were radicalized by the Spirit's confrontation. They may have stumbled into a meeting for worship and experienced the tangible presence of God stirring up holy chaos, causing trembling, shouting, prophecy, and healing. In the thrill of communal silence, they would encounter the living God shining upon their heart - exposing their sin and imbuing … Continue reading A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church
Written by Argentina, a retreat organizer and member of Christians for Socialism Church abolition has a conflicting meaning for me. I think of what churches have meant for communes before it was an institution that sided with imperialism, racism and other demonic forces that have plagued the earth. Initially, churches were intentional communities where people … Continue reading Church Abolition, Black Liberation and the End of the World
The Friendly Fire Collective has a diversity of perspectives on the institutional church. There are non-Christians among us who don't find much need to talk about "the church," but there are also a number of us who are to some degree church abolitionist, as well as others who hold a more theologically orthodox understanding of … Continue reading Tear Down the Mighty, Tear Down the Church
"I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in me . . ." —William Blake, Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion As a person who experienced, and continually experiences, a spiritual intervention through the person of Jesus, I cannot help but … Continue reading The Challenges of Incarnation
Thanks to Dean from the Magnificast for pointing out this passage from Louis Althusser's essay "A Matter of Fact," which speaks to the case for church abolition: "We should not, however, gloss over the fact that, given the present state of affairs, this positive reconquest of religious life through real criticism cannot be the collective … Continue reading Althusser on the future of the Church
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?
"Almost invariably the radical Christian has set himself against theology, believing that theology is inevitably bound to the authority of the Church, and thus is incapable either of speaking the original language of faith or of expressing a contemporary Christian vision. Quite simply the radical Christian has judged theology as such to be closed to … Continue reading A Radical Christian Vision of Theology