It's busy here with the hundreds of details pursuant to the move ... boxes around for Saturday's yard sale, plans for our first foray into e-Bay ... end of the school year and the consequent flood of paper coming home ... yard work to do ... etc. etc. You get the picture. The boys today are on the celebratory eighth-grade pre-graduation cruise around the Baltimore harbor on the Bay Lady. Sophie is taking SATs.
So back to Martin's question from yesterday:
"Why do so many people want to call themselves Quakers when they can't stand basic Quaker theology?"
Let's unpack this a little. Are there many Quakers who can't stand the basic Quaker theology? What is the basic Quaker theology? Christianity? Belief in a God who is active and accessible? The testimonies? All of the above? And if there are Quakers who don't like this theology, then what about Martin's question: Why are they Quakers? I have to say I have long been perplexed by people who don't believe in God taking on a ... religion, and a Christ-based one at that, with all the baggage that entails. Yet I've seen it, and I certainly welcome people who are on a spiritual journey.
Of course, all of this is speculative ... but let's take a turn at it. What do you think? Why do people who appear to reject the theology join Quakerism? More importantly, why are you a Quaker? Or not?