Chapter

“And the Shout of a King Is Amongst Us”

Meredith Baldwin Weddle

in Walking in the Way of Peace

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131383
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513138X.003.0002
 “And the Shout of a King Is Amongst Us”

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Gathering as a sect in England in the 1650s, Quakers believed that each person had a “light within,” illuminating not only his own evil but also available as an inner Christ to lead him to God's will. Obedience to God's principles ensured access to continuing revelation and to the possibility of approaching perfection and dwelling in the Kingdom of God on earth. Quakers emphasized some of God's principles and termed them “testimonies.” Although Quakers believed that God instituted worldly government in order to be a “terror to evil‐doers” and a “praise to them that do well,” non‐Quakers mistrusted them and subjected them to strenuous persecution and suffering.

Keywords: continuing revelation; God's will; government; light within; obedience; perfection; persecution; Quaker belief; suffering; testimonies

Chapter.  11026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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