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Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism

Quakers and Mysticism

Comparative and Syncretic Approaches to Spirituality

Editors: Kershner, Jon R. (Ed.)

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  • Proposes new ways for understanding Quaker interactions with mysticism
  • Explores the syncretic and contextual nature of Quaker spirituality, which has resulted in diverse Quaker responses to cultural contexts and religious trends
  • Discusses how these mystical sentiments have had interplay with Quaker self-understanding and spiritual practice
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This book examines the nearly 400-year tradition of Quaker engagements with mystical ideas and sources. It provides a fresh assessment of the way tradition and social context can shape a religious community while interplaying with historical and theological antecedents within the tradition. Quaker concepts such as “Meeting,” the “Light,” and embodied spirituality, have led Friends to develop an interior spirituality that intersects with extra-Quaker sources, such as those found in Jakob Boehme, Abū Bakr ibn Tufayl, the Continental Quietists, Kabbalah, Buddhist thought, and Luyia indigenous religion. Through time and across cultures, these and other conversations have shaped Quaker self-understanding and, so, expanded previous models of how religious ideas take root within a tradition. The thinkers engaged in this globally-focused, interdisciplinary volume include George Fox, James Nayler, Robert Barclay, Elizabeth Ashbridge, John Woolman, Hannah Whitall Smith, Rufus Jones, Inazo Nitobe, Howard Thurman, and Gideon W. H. Mweresa, among others.


About the authors

Jon R. Kershner teaches in the Religion department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA.

Reviews

“The Quaker tradition, with its commitment to the immediacy of God, the internalization of religious experience, and dedication to the Inward Light, has always had a natural affinity to mysticism. Despite much recent attention to the history of Quakerism, what has been lacking has been an in-depth account of Quaker mysticism. That gap is now filled by this fine collection of essays, which provides insightful studies of major Quaker mystics from George Fox to Rufus Jones and beyond.” (Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus, Divinity School, University of Chicago, USA)

“This rich volume presents Quaker worship, life and thought as meeting-spaces and gathering-points for diverse strands of religious life. Presenting specific examples carefully and persuasively, it enables a fresh, more nuanced and more expansive look at what it means to belong to a tradition of religious thought and practice – and what it means to engage in dialogue or encounter between traditions. Scholars of Quakerism, of mysticism or of comparative theology and spirituality will find valuable new perspectives in this book.” (Rachel Muers, Professor of Theology, University of Leeds, UK)

“This important and much-needed volume underscores the way in which the Quakers, across time and in different traditions, have seen mystical experience as a sufficient theological authority for their patterns of liturgy, ecclesiology and soteriology, rather than as an additional aspect of church life. This then is a must-read book for all scholars of religion.” (Ben Pink Dandelion, Programmes Leader, Centre for Research in Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, UK)

 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21653-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21652-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quakers and Mysticism
Book Subtitle
Comparative and Syncretic Approaches to Spirituality
Editors
  • Jon R. Kershner
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21653-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21653-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21652-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 255
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