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17    The Religion of Silence

(Psalms 37:7)

If by religion one means an organized form of worship with doctrines, ritual places and priests, then Quakerism is not a religion.

If by religion one means the most appropriate way of bonding with God, Quakerism is a religion which uses the simplest, purest and most direct bond: silence. And since God is neither here nor there, nor at the end of a tunnel, but is everywhere, in everything and within and outside of people, silence offers an immediate contact, an absolute bond with the Spirit.

Silence is the high road, the primary means of human communion with God, which Jesus Christ the mediator often used. Let us not abandon it. Much more than Jesus we need the Heavenly Father and to use that universal language which unites all peoples with each other and with Him.

Charbonnières, 30 VIII 1990

You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Leviticus 19:17-18 : Old Testament

Translation by George T. Peck

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