There is another world but it is this one

There is another world but it is this one. Ed. Carol MacCormack, 1991, 99 pp. (£3.00 + free p&p)
This 99 page book was published twelve years after the first QUG pamphlet and was written for Quakers in general. It argues that QUG (which started in the 1970s) is not a threat to the Society of Friends, but rather reflects the universalist aspects of Quakerism which have been present since the 17th Century. It consists of an introduction, edited reprints of QUG Pamphlets 12, 13, 14 and 16, and a new concluding chapter. There follows a quote from the introduction:
‘Jean Hardy in the first chapter encourages us to rethink the traditional concepts of what we regard as “reality”. John Barnes in the second chapter presents evidence for co-operation rather than conflict in nature, suggesting that nature is “green in cell and leaf” rather than “red in tooth and claw”. Carol McCormack in chapter 3 compares traditional ideas of the “supernatural” with scientific reductionism, showing how both are inadequate as explanations of spirituality. This thesis is further developed by Jack Mongar in chapter 4 where he discusses the convergence of mystical thinking and modern scientific thinking. In the final chapter Ralph Hetherington discusses the contribution which the Society of Friends can make to the development of a universal spirituality, and takes up the suggestion that many apparent differences in the nature of spiritual experience as reported by a wide range of people from many different backgrounds, arise from the lack of a common language with which to describe them.’

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