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Christianity is not a notion but a way: Quaker Perspectives on John 14:6

   This article was produced for the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Interfaith Theological Advisory Group (IFTAG) Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”   This article describes the traditional Quaker interpretation of John 14:6, outlines the diversification of Quaker perspectives over time, and considers some of the implications of this for Quaker interfaith relations today. [1] Introduction Within the Religious Society of Friends, the Gospel of John is often called “the Quaker Gospel,” because it seems to point to the possibility of a here-and-now experience of inward intimacy with Christ that Friends have placed at the centre of their faith. [2] Traditional Quaker spirituality has drawn heavily on the imagery of this Gospel, and in particular the emphasis on ‘the Light’, on the importance of abiding in Christ (John 15:4), and on the living presence of the paraclete which Jesus says “will teach you

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