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John Woolman and the government of Christ : a Colonial Quaker's vision for the British Atlantic world

Author: Jon R Kershner
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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In 1758, a Quaker tailor and sometime shopkeeper and school teacher stood up in a Quaker meeting and declared that the time had come for Friends to reject the practice of slavery. That man was John Woolman, and that moment was a significant step, among many, toward the abolition of slavery in the United States. Woolman's antislavery position was only one essential piece of his comprehensive theological vision for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Kershner, Jon R., 1978-
John Woolman and the government of Christ.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018004112
Named Person: John Woolman; John Woolman; John Woolman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon R Kershner
ISBN: 9780190868079 0190868074
OCLC Number: 1006466664
Description: xiv, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction 1 Early Quaker Theology and the Transatlantic Context 2 Revelation and the "Principle That Proceeds From God" 3 Woolman the Prophet: "His Word Was In My Heart"4 Eschatology: Woolman's Realizing Eschatology 5 Perfection 6 Judgment7 Influences and ComparisonsConclusion Appendix Bibliography
Responsibility: Jon R. Kershner.

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In 1758, a Quaker tailor and sometime shopkeeper and school teacher stood up in a Quaker meeting and declared that the time had come for Friends to reject the practice of slavery. That man was John Woolman, and that moment was a significant step, among many, toward the abolition of slavery in the United States. Woolman's antislavery position was only one essential piece of his comprehensive theological vision for colonial American society. Jon R. Kershner reveals that the theological and spiritual underpinnings of Woolman's alternative vision for the British Atlantic world were nothing less than a direct, spiritual christocracy on earth, what Woolman referred to as "the Government of Christ." Kershner argues that Woolman's theology is best understood as apocalypticcentered on a supernatural revelation of Christ's immediate presence governing all aspects of human affairs, and envisaging the impending victory of God's reign over apostasy. The book explores the theological reasoning behind Woolman's critique of the burgeoning trans-Atlantic economy, slavery, and British imperial conflicts, and reinterprets 18th-century Quakerism by demonstrating the continuing influence of early Quaker apocalypticism.

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