In the beginning

The Bible opens with the first chapter of Genesis, where the earth takes form, quickly followed by the spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Within a few sentences, we are offered the possibility of two lines of thinking we might pursue in our attempts to comprehend the Divine — one based on the words of the Holy One; the other, on the Light.

The gospel of John also opens with a consideration of the Light, this time linking it to an ancient Greek philosophical concept called Logos and to the person of Jesus. As I examine the writing of early Quakers — a movement also known as the Society of Friends — I am struck by the richness and originality of their understanding and experience of this Light. Indeed, one of their earliest names was Children of the Light, along with Seekers After Truth and First Publishers of Truth.

The essays appearing in As Light Is Sown arise in this examination. I hope you find them stimulating and helpful