The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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The Quakers are a fascinating religious group both in their origins and in the variety of reinterpretations of the faith since. Emerging from the social unrest of the English civil war, the Quakers have gone on to have an influence way beyond their numbers: be it their continued stance against war or their pioneering work against slavery.

At the same time, Quakers maintain a distinctive worship method to achieve the direct encounter with God which has been at the heart of the movement since its beginning.

This book charts the history of Quakerism and its present-day diversity, and outlines its approach to worship, belief, theology and language, and ecumenism.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 20 black and white halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)
  • ISBN: 9780199206797



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I liked this quick overview of Quakerism, especially since my UU Covenant Groups is planning a visit to a Friends Meeting in Durham soon. This book gave a history of the Quakers, as well as a good description of the differences between Evangelical, Conservative, and Liberal Quakers. <br/><br/>A while back, I took the online Belief-O-Matic quiz on, and I was surprised at the time to learn that "Liberal Quaker" was high on my list. Now I understand why.<br/><br/>One of the surprises I learned is that Quakerism is on the rise in Africa as well as Central and South America.<br/><br/>