The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies

by Stephen W. Angell, Pink Dandelion
     
 

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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,

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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 leveled 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 unknown 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 whilst 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 analyzed, and its social, economic, political, and ethical outcomes examined. Each of the 37 chapters considers broader religious, social, and cultural contexts and provides suggestions for further reading and the volume concludes with an extensive bibliography to aid further research.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[T]he Handbook is the landmark achievement in its comprehensiveness and nuance. It demonstrates Quakerism to be a diverse and complex religion that is constantly changing and interacting with external pressures, and it shows Quaker Studies to be a cutting-edge and active field of scholarship."
—Quaker Religious Thought

"An in-depth overview...This volume is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary study of global Quakerism available....[It is] an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the academic study of Quakerism. Summing Up: Essential."—CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198744986
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2015
Series:
Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
1,156,466
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephen Angell is Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at the Earlham School of Religion.

Pink Dandelion is Professor of Quaker Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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