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The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Here is the perfect introductory guide to the history and ideas of the Quakers, one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic religious groups. Emerging in England in the 1650s as a radical sect challenging the status quo, the Quakers are now best known for their anti-slavery activities, their principled stance against war, and their pioneering work in penal reform. Famous Quakers include Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Lucretia Mott, Herbert Hoover, James Dean, Judi Dench, and A.S. Byatt. And while the group still maintains a distinctive worship method to achieve a direct encounter with God, which has been at the heart of the movement since its beginning, Quakers today are highly diverse: some practice a protestant evangelicalism, others are no longer Christian. In this generously illustrated book, Pink Dandelion, the leading expert on Quaker Studies, draws on the latest scholarship to chart the history of the sect and its present-day diversity around the world, exploring its unique approach to worship, belief, theology and language, and ecumenism. It concludes by placing the Quakers in the wider religious picture and predicting its future.

About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given topic. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how it has developed and influenced society. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

About the Author

"Ben" Pink Dandelion is a Reader in Quaker Studies and directs the work of the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and the University of Birmingham. He is the author of numerous books on the Quakers including The Liturgies of Quakerism and Introduction to Quakerism and edits the journal Quaker Studies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199206797
Author:
Dandelion, Pink
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Pink
Subject:
Christianity - Quaker
Subject:
Christianity - Denominations
Subject:
History
Subject:
Quakers
Subject:
Society of Friends
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | History of Christianity | Reformation
Subject:
Counter-Reformation
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Reformation & Counter-Reformation
Subject:
Christianity - Quakers
Edition Description:
2., Erw. Aufl.
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w halftones
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.200 x 6.700 in 0.306 lb

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