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The Atheist’s Guide to Quaker Process: Spirit-Led Decisions for the Secular

By Selden W. Smith

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #472 (December 2021)

Price: $7.50


Can the nontheist participate fully in the religiously rooted Quaker “sense of the meeting” process? This essay offers a practical guide for those engaged with Quaker-led institutions who are not Quaker themselves, and who may not hold any religious beliefs at all. Whether you are an atheist, agnostic, skeptic, or simply never gave it much thought, this essay describes how, by relying on a handful of noble yet entirely human qualities, the benefits of this time-tested decision-making model can be available to nonbelievers without hypocrisy or pretense. A brief list of recommended readings is included.

You can read a Friends Journal review of this pamphlet (by Windy Cooler) here, or David Boulton’s review as published in The Friend.

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #472