The Creation of Quaker Theory: Insider Perspectives

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The last forty years has witnessed a 'golden age' of Quaker Studies scholarship, with the bulk of this work into the history and sociology of Quakerism being undertaken by scholars who are also Quakers. For the scholars involved, their Quakerism has both prompted their research interests and affected their lives as Quakers.

This book presents a unique study into Quakerism: it draws together the key theories of Quaker origins, subsequent history, and contemporary sociology, into a single volume
and it allows each of the contributors the opportunity to reflect on what led to the initial choice of research topic, and how their findings have in turn affected their Quaker lives. The result is a unique contribution to Quaker theory as well to the discussion on insider/outsider research. This book is invaluable to anyone interested in Quakerism, research into religion, notions of outsider objectivity within academia, and areas of theology, religious history and sociology in general. Contents: Foreword, Arthur Roberts
Quaker Historiography: George Fox and the politics of late 19th century Quaker historiography, Thomas D. Hamm
Sixty years in early Quaker history, Hugh Barbour
The end of (Quaker) history? Some reflections on the process, John Punshon
Theories of Early Quakerism: Commentary
The inevitability of Quaker success?, Rosemary Moore
Was 17th-century Quaker Christology homogeneous?, Richard Bailey
'Go north!' The journey towards first generation friends and their prophecy of celestial flesh, Michele Lise Tarter
George Fox and Christian gnosis, Glen Reynolds
Early friends and beyond: Commentary
Apocalypse now and then: reading early friends in the belly of the beast, Douglas Gwyn
Holiness: the Quaker way of perfection, Carole Spencer
Theoretical reflections of a skeptic about theory, Thomas D. Hamm
Some reflections on an ecumenical pilgrimage, Martin Davie
Taming anarchy - Quaker alternate ordering and 'otherness'
Gay Pilgrim
Conclusion: the nature of Quaker studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754631583
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on the contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Quaker historiography
1 George fox and the politics of late nineteenth-century Quaker historiography 11
2 Sixty years in early Quaker history 19
3 The end of (Quaker) history? : some reflections on the process 32
Pt. II Theories of early Quakerism
4 The inevitability of Quaker success? 48
5 Was seventeenth-century Quaker christology homogeneous? 61
6 'Go north!' : the journey towards first-generation friends and their prophecy of celestial flesh 83
7 George Fox and Christian gnosis 99
Pt. III Early friends and beyond
8 Apocalypse now and then : reading early friends in the belly of the beast 127
9 Holiness : the Quaker way of perfection 149
10 Theoretical reflections of a skeptic about theory 172
11 Some reflections on an ecumenical pilgrimage 188
12 Taming anarchy : Quaker alternate ordering and 'otherness' 206
Conclusion : the nature of Quaker studies 226
References 239
Index 262
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