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An Introduction to Quakerism (Introduction to Religion) [Hardcover]

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12 April 2007 Introduction to Religion
This is a comprehensive introduction to Quakerism which balances a history of the theology of the Quakers or Friends with an overview of present day practice. It charts the growth of the Quaker movement through the 1650s and 1660s, its different theological emphasis in the eighteenth century, and the schisms of the nineteenth century which resulted in the range of Quaker traditions found around the world today. The book focuses in particular on notions of 'endtime', 'spiritual intimacy', and what counts as 'the world' as key areas of theological change. The second half of the book uses extracts from Quaker texts to highlight differences in belief and approach between the different traditions and analyses their future prospects. The book is generously illustrated and includes numerous diagrams to help the reader. Undergraduate and graduate students will find this an essential introduction to the Quaker movement.

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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521841119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521841115
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,334,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'With the prospect that Quakerism, given its current numerical decline, could disappear from Britain by around 2032, the need to tell the story of this remarkable religious tradition is self-evident. In An Introduction to Quakerism, Pink Dandelion combines a historical record with a subtle promotion of the tradition's idiosyncrasies, which may yet contribute to its renewal here.' Church Times

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This comprehensive introduction to Quakerism balances a history of the theology of the movement with an overview of present day practice. It charts Quaker history across three and a half centuries including the schisms of the nineteenth century which resulted in the range of Quaker traditions found worldwide today.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The traditional interpretation of the birth of Quakerism is associated with the series of events which took place in Lancashire and Westmorland in 1652. On Pendle Hill Fox had a vision drawn from Revelations of a `great people in white raiment'. Pendle Hill did have associations with witchcraft from the trails and murders of 1612 but Dandelion does not give the real source of inspiration any attention: on the other side of Pendle Hill lay Grindleton, the de facto home of English non-Conformity. The Seekers are mentioned but only given brief context. In fact they were important as some key early Quakers such as Howgill and Burrough were formerly Seekers (and Howgill may also have been a former Grindletonian) and the movement had a strong impact on some of the northern Dales of Yorkshire. The `raiment' vision was fulfilled in Sedbergh. Just outside, Howgill was preaching to a Seeker congregation at Firbank Fell. But to Fox, `seeking' was now over (in spite of the traditional view that Quakers are `waiting'), Christ was available personally and `meantimes' had given way to the `endtime'.

The book's understanding of early Quakerism is relatively conventional, arguing that Quaker theology began at a low point of Fox's life. In reality, there is now plenty of evidence of use of the term amidst the New Model Army. Fox's Dissent experience included his (Ana)Baptist uncle and his time amongst the army camps but it proved unsatisfactory. He was thrown to the inward, the return to Eden through the flaming sword. To Fox the inward was now the authentic spirituality. The outward could now be defined as part `the world'. Pefectism (i.e. the possibility of being incapable of sin) brought the early Quakers into disrepute amongst other sects and allowed misinterpretation by groups such as the Ranters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction for newcomers 28 April 2008
By Pilar Ma Moreno Jimenez - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a Quaker but I have been interested in Quaker Religion for many years. I have read several books on the subject, but this is the first one that made me understand Quakerism in all its aspects. Although it's been written by a scholar it's quite easy to read, and the included figures, tables and abstracts prove to be very helpful. In this book are succintly exposed the main Quaker related people, works, ideas, controversies and branches throughout the history, so you can fully understand the context. As a result, myths and wrong assumptions about Quakers become apparent. Tensions between theology and mysticism, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, or the relative importance conceded to inward or outward affairs, are all part of the history of Quakers, but it also is the social leadership of their numerous apostles and activists. The bibliographical references added at the end of the book are very useful in going deeper to specific authors or subjects. I recommend this book for those people who want to know what this religious movement is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative & well written 12 Nov 2010
By J. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is extremely helpful and a "must have" for anyone new to Quakerism or interested in studying the tradition. This is a book that one would like to keep as a reference book and study guide. I love how the author covers the history of Quakerism, all the way from George Fox to current times. I have been a Quaker for only a few years and this is the most interesting book I've read so far. It has helped me have a better knowledge of this beautiful tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best 9 Nov 2012
By K. Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
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overall or introductory work for someone new to Quakerism or just wanting an overview of the religion. Pink Dandelion is an excellent writer who chooses wisely what he writes. Succinct, clear, and on the mark. This is not a 'big book.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of Silence 4 May 2013
By JHM - Published on Amazon.com
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Although intrigued by three Quaker meetings in 2010, I was not convinced the Quaker way was my way. So I did what I usually do when confronted with a new subject--I turned to books. I did not find a lot of books on Quakerism in my local library, but somehow I connected with Pink Dandelion's little book. Actually, this is a big little book when one considers how well and comprehensively Dandelion handles his subject, for the book includes much of major consequence in Quakerism. I did not have to read far to realize this is the religion I had been searching for because Quakerism is not about outer religion, surface practice, or superficial experience. Rather, it's about deep inner religion and experience. My own spiritual experiences tied in nicely with Quaker experiences. The kind of Quakerism to which I'm drawn is not about churches, sermons, rituals, or creeds, etc. Rather, it's about God within us and the communion possible in the silence between us and God and between us and other similarly minded persons. In the silence of a Quaker meeting, we "meet" and commune with God and one another.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for those with little knowledge of Quakerism. 27 Mar 2014
By Jennifer Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Very rough read. There are many books on Quakerism available and I will probably avoid buying books by this author for a long time. The layout of the book (semi chronological) with many unnecessary charts and graphs coupled with the bias made this a chore to read.
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