The Beyond Within

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What future for Quakerism?


Derek Guiton’s The Beyond Within is a courteous, plain-speaking critique of the militant strand within Quaker non-theism which advocates a future for Britain Yearly Meeting based on “radical religious humanism,” a form of atheism. Written as a commentary on David Boulton’s Through a Glass Darkly, it focuses on three themes which are central to the continuing crisis in British Quakerism − inclusivity, transcendence, and religious language. Affirming that for Quakers, transcendence and immanence are indivisible, this short work underlines the importance of the “mystical” at the heart of Quaker worship and practice. The Beyond Within is available from, price £7.00 exc. postage, and from the Quaker Centre Bookshop.