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The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

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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.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.16" Width: 4.27" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  2., Erw. Aufl.  
ISBN  0199206791  
ISBN13  9780199206797  

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"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.

Pink Dandelion has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Birmingham.

Pink Dandelion has published or released items in the following series...
  1. A to Z Guides
  2. Introduction to Religion

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > Quaker
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A very information introduction to what can be an enigmatic tradition  Mar 26, 2010
THE QUAKERS: A Very Short Introduction by Pink Dandelion is a pretty substantial presentation of Quaker life and belief in 160 pages. Dandelion divides the book into the chapters History, Worship, Belief, Theology and language, Ecumenism and finally The future of Quakerism.

I grew up in a Philadelphia suburb founded by Quakers, but I could never really get a handle on what the religion was all about. Dandelion delineates three clear strains of Quakerism today, from the Evangelicals who have structured services to the Conservatives who balance Scripture and the "inner light" and finally the Liberal Quakers who are not longer explicitly Christian and don't necessary acknowledge the existance of a God. In the final chapter, the author speaks of the probable developments in Quaker demographics, with the first two denominations surviving in the Global South, and the third declining just like other postmodern Christian denominations.

The author notes that Quakers are most visible in protests against war or injustice. The only failing of the book I see is that she does not talk more about the organizations involved and how they are viewed by various Quaker denominations, or how they respond to Cold War allegations that they are Communist fronts. That for me would have made this a perfect introduction.
The name says it all!  Jun 10, 2008
The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

I bought the book with the hope of clarifing & focusing my answers when I am asked about the Friends. It is a great help, easy to read, concise, and to the point. I would recommend it to newcomers, who are begining to gather information, as a starting point.

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