Quakerism: The Basics
Margery Post Abbott, Carl Abbott
Quakerism: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history and diverse approaches and ideas associated with the Religious Society of Friends. This small religion incorporates a wide geographic spread and varied beliefs that range from evangelical Christians to non-theists. Topics covered include:
Quaker values in action
The first generations of Quakerism
Quakerism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Belief and activism
Worship and practice
Quakerism around the world
The future of Quakerism.
With helpful features including suggested readings, timelines, a glossary, and a guide to Quakers in fiction, this book is an ideal starting point for students and scholars approaching Quakerism for the first time as well as those interested in deepening their understanding.
"From its radical beginnings in the English Civil War to its diverse, multi-ethnic global presence, this concise introduction may be the single best panorama of the Quaker world yet written. It's destined to be a standard source in the field for both scholar and general reader." - Carole Dale Spencer, Portland Seminary of George Fox University, USA. Author of Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism. "Quakerism: The Basics is an important work for anyone wanting to understand the essentials of Quakerism. In clear accessible prose, the Abbotts guide readers through Quakerism's past and present revealing the incredible diversity within the Religious Society of Friends. Strongly foregrounding voices from the global south, this volume clearly introduces an often misunderstood religious group." - Robynne Rogers Healey, Trinity Western University, Canada. "In this new book covering the basics of Quakerism, Marge and Carl Abbot offer a refreshing combination of Quaker history, relevant aspects of faith and practice, and a helpful representation of the diversity of the worldwide family of Friends. Especially welcome is the featuring of emerging Quaker expressions in developing nations, illuminating how historic movements of the Spirit continue to touch the world in renewing and redemptive ways after the manner of Friends." - Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University, USA.
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