The British Quaker Sermon, 1689–1901

Michael Phillip Graves

in The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583591
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The British Quaker Sermon, 1689–1901


This article explores the impact of early Quakers’ belief in immediate revelation on their incipient homiletic “theory,” a tenet that became the basis of the evolution of their sermons for the next two hundred years. It sketches some basic notions of early Quaker homiletics and deals with the development of the British Quaker sermon through three rough chronological divisions: the early “quietistic” period, which preceded the Act of Toleration in 1689 and progressed until the early 1700s; the later “quietistic” period, which spanned the eighteenth century and progressed into the early 1800s; and the period of Quaker diversity, which began in the 1820s and influenced Quaker theology and sermonizing throughout the nineteenth century. The state of scholarship focused on English Quaker sermons of each period is considered as well as pointing toward possible future research paths.

Keywords: Quakers; revelation; sermons; homiletic theory; quietistic periods; English Quakers

Article.  8024 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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