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Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism: An Historical Analysis of the Theology of Holiness in the Quaker Tradition (Studies in Christian History and Thought) [Paperback]

By Carole Dale Spencer (Author) & Arthur O. Roberts (Foreword by)
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No single word conjures up religion, spirituality or the sacred more than `holiness'. Yet its meaning in Christian theology and application in Christian practice, has been greatly misunderstood. Few Quakers today of any persuasion would recognize the mystical depth of meaning the concept had for Quakers down through the centuries. Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism recovers the essential place of holiness theology in three centuries of Quaker history. It explores how Quaker spirituality was shaped in its inception by the experience of union with God, otherwise known in Christian tradition as `perfection' and examines selected figures from Quaker history who represent different emphases of holiness in the context of their time and culture.

It examines the history of Quakerism in terms of the holiness tradition arguing that the holiness heritage of Quakerism can be traced to its founder, George Fox, who understood union with God or perfection, as the essence of the Christian experience. The study identifies eight different traditions of Christian holiness and shows how Quakerism uniquely combined elements of each, reinterpreting them into a radical new kind of holiness movement. It also identifies eight essential elements that comprise Quaker holiness and shows how these are located within differing emphases in the writings of early Friends and in Quakerism thereafterScripture, eschatology, conversion, evangelism, charisma, suffering, mysticism and perfection.



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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
Series  Studies in Christian History & Thought  
ISBN  1556358091  
ISBN13  9781556358098  


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A compelling tale of the Quaker synthesis  Jan 4, 2009
While Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism is written for an academic audience, I hope others, especially Quakers, will explore the compelling story Spencer tells. I was delighted to see that her definition of "Holiness" isn't monolithic, but rather combines classic strands of Christian thought into a uniquely Quaker synthesis.

Much of the interest here comes from her description of the initial synthesis, and then her analysis of how later periods of Quakerism and specific individuals within those periods exemplified or wandered away from those aspects. The fracture lines that would later become schisms make more sense in this context, and it feels much easier to me to discuss what Quakerism has lost in the centuries since its founding given this structure.

I also recommend the appendices, which examine the ties between Quakerism and earlier Christian mysticism, other movements of the same time, and Methodism. Each of them could probably become a book of its own (as could other aspects of the book), but they introduced some new areas worth exploring.
 

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