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Quakers, Christ, and the Enlightenment

Madeleine Pennington


The Quakers were by far the most successful of the radical religious groups to emerge from the turbulence of the mid-seventeenth century—and their survival into the present day was largely facilitated by the transformation of the movement during its first fifty years. What began as a loose network of charismatic travelling preachers was, by the start of the eighteenth century, a well-organized and international religious machine. This shift is usually explained in terms of a desire to avoid persecution, but Quakers, Christ and the Enlightenment argues instead for the importance of theological ... More

Keywords: Quakers, Christology, Enlightenment, early modern religion, nonconformity, radicalism, Light within, persecution, Cambridge Platonists, rationalism

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192895271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192895271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madeleine Pennington, author
Head of Research at Theos

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