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The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

Edited by Stephen W. Angell and Ben Pink Dandelion

Volume 1, issue Published in print September 2013 | ISBN: 9780199608676
Published online December 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199608676.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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Quakerism began in England in the 1650s. George Fox, credited as leading the movement, had an experience of 1647 in which he felt he could hear Christ directly and inwardly without the mediation of text or minister. Convinced of the authenticity of this experience and its universal application, Fox preached a spirituality in which potentially all were ministers, all part of a priesthood of believers, a church levelled before the leadership of God. Quakers are a fascinating religious group, both in their original ‘peculiarity’ and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since. The way they have interacted with wider society is a basic but often examined part of British and American history. This handbook charts their history and the history of their expression as a religious community.This volume provides an indispensable reference work for the study of Quakerism. It is global in its perspectives and interdisciplinary in its approach, while offering the reader a clear narrative through the academic debates. In addition to an in-depth survey of historical readings of Quakerism, the handbook provides a treatment of the group’s key theological premises and its links with wider Christian thinking. Quakerism’s distinctive ecclesiastical forms and practices are analysed, and its social, economic, political, and ethical outcomes examined. Each of the thirty-seven chapters considers broader religious, social, and cultural contexts, and provides suggestions for further reading. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography to aid further research.

Keywords: Quakers; Quakerism; history; church; spirituality; theology; God; faith

Book.  672 pages. 

Subjects: Religion

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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Restoration Quakerism, 1660–1691 in The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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Evangelical Quakers, 1887–2010 in The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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Conservative Friends, 1845–2010 in The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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Quakers in Theological Context in The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

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