Welcome to Through the Flaming Sword, a venue for conversation about the history and future of the Religious Society of Friends, popularly known as Quakers—and thanks for joining me. I have started this blog to share some of my ideas with interested Friends and to join the lively online conversation about Quaker life more directly.
I’ve been a Friend since the mid-1980s and I’ve always had a passion for the study of Quakerism—its history, its ‘theology’, its approach to the life of the spirit, both personal and corporate, its community dynamics and governance, and its distinctive language and practices.
A writer by both vocation and avocation, I’ve written a lot about Quakerism, the vast majority of which is unpublished, though some essays have appeared in Friends Journal and Quaker Life.
I approach this blog as a written ministry in the Quaker tradition of independent ministry. It is Friends experience and belief that true ministry, or service to God*, depends on inward calling, not on outward education or formal institutional ordination. My written ministry has not been formally recognized by my worshipping community, but my sense of calling is nevertheless quite clear. You can read a brief history of how this blogging ministry and my other Quaker writing evolved here.
I also am a serious student of the Bible and I invite you to visit my other blog, BibleMonster.com, which explores contemporary issues under the light of a radical Bible. I found I could not give full attention to two blogs at a time, so BibleMonster is suspended for the time being. I do plan to return to it.
I also invite you to visit my website, www.stevendavison.com, to learn more about my other writings and activities, both Quaker and not.
If you would like to contact me directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for joining me. I look forward to our conversation.