Chapter

“Bold Boyes and Blasphemers”

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.003.0005
 “Bold Boyes and Blasphemers”

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Social and geographical context influenced the developing peace testimony. In England, early Quakers were outside the established order; in contrast, when they made their way into the wilds of Carolina, they represented societal order itself and Pennsylvania Quakers were dominant and confident. When Quakers arrived in New England in 1656, they represented a threat to the Puritan order; persecution and military service obligations challenged the peace testimony. Everywhere Quakers made use of their sufferings, both spiritually and as a practical tactic, keeping careful records of them. In a time when “carnal weapons” could be both actual and metaphorical, principles of peace could be at once complex, confused, and conscientious.

Keywords: carnal weapons; Carolina; keeping records; military service; New England; Pennsylvania; persecution; sufferings

Chapter.  10738 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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