Writer, academic and activist Alastair McIntosh became a Quaker as a young adult. In this interview he reflects on how the Quaker tradition has shaped his life and his practice, how it intersects with mystical experiences, and where Jesus sits amidst his own generous worldview and in the Quaker tradition.

After the interview, Nomad hosts David Blower and Nick Thorley talk about other religious traditions, what it might mean for a religious tradition to be Christ-centred, and how they understand what it means to be a Christian.

Interview starts at 14m 59s

Photo courtesy of Sara Bain. Used with permission.


Alastair McIntosh


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“Don’t take anything I say too seriously. Remember that the opposite of one great truth is very often another great truth.”

“If you think nature is just a social construction, you come out with me in a boat in a Hebridean storm, and we’ll see how long the social construction lasts for.”

“In the beginning was the deep poetic structure of reality. And that’s what we tune into.”

“The Light is in every one of us. And so our task in the world – our calling in the world – is to seek that of God in all.”


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