No Creed - Works Great.

I was raised Methodist, and recited the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds. Once, as a questioning adult, I encountered Quakerism, I became a Friend.

Creeds are narrowing since they define what you believe - and, by extension - what you don't believe. One of my favorite aspects of being a Quaker, is that we are non-creedal; i.e., we let Quakers learn and explore what their religious beliefs are; we don't tell hem. Granted, we have our testimonies, but the precise meanings of each of these are left to an individual's conscience.

Thus, I am a Christian Quaker - or, more precisely, a Christocentric Quaker - while my wife is a Non-Christocentric Quaker. Her beliefs are no less important or valid than mine. Rather than try to force round Friends into square Quaker beliefs, we allow each to develop their own faith and experience of God. I believe there are as many variations of Quakerism as there are Quakers - and I believe that is one of our greatest successes.
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66-70, M
May 16, 2012