Richard Forster, Universalism and Pantheism
Are The Universalists That Richard Foster
Promotes, Endorses and Accepts?
|Richard Foster's Teachers|
"The Inner Light, the Inward Christ, is no mere doctrine, belonging peculiarly to a small religious fellowship, to be accepted or rejected as a mere belief. It is the living Center of Reference for all Christian souls and Christian groups - yes, and of non-Christian groups as well"
A Testament of DevotionThomas Merton
"It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, ... now I realize what we all are.... If only they [people] could all see themselves as they really are ... I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other ... At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusions, a point of pure truth ... This little point ...is the pure glory of God in us. It is in everybody. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
"Walk cheerfully over the world,
answering that of God in everyone."
"The Light shines through all."
"There is that of divinity in all things."
"Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things." "Every single creature is full of God, and is a book about God." "Every creature is a word of God."
"[T]he soul of the human family is the Holy Spirit."
"'For in man is God, and God is in all."
Julian of Norwich
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"'My beloved [God] is the high mountains, and the lovely valley forests, unexplored islands, rushing rivers"
John of the Cross
"Here [the contemplative state] everything is God. God is everywhere and in all things."Madam Guyon"
(founder and director of Shalem Prayer Institute)
"This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality"Tilden Edwards, from Spiritual Friend (New York, NY: Paulist Press,1980), p. 18.