The Early Quakers and the ‘Kingdom of God’

by Gerard Guiton

Cousin Ann's Stories for ChildrenThe Early Quakers and the ‘Kingdom of God’ takes account of the early Quakers in Britain during the middle years of the seventeenth century as nonviolent, spiritual revolutionaries. Theirs was a time of intellectual ferment and socio-political, economic and ecclesiastical upheaval not to mention three horrific and devastating civil wars.

The Early Quakers and the ‘Kingdom of God’ breaks new ground in British theology and ecclesiastical history by investigating the early Quakers’ vision of, and intimate relationship with, the Kingdom of God. Like Jesus of Nazareth, they were particularly devoted to the Kingdom, contrasting it to that of the Puritans, Episcopalians and Catholics. The book acknowledges alternative titles for the ‘Kingdom’ and uses many of them, i.e. the ‘Covenant of Peace’.

The Early Quakers and the ‘Kingdom of God’ will be of interest to theologians, historians and those with a deep interest in 17th century religious, political and social movements, including people wishing to understand the roots of today’s expression of both evangelical and liberal theology. The book will be a lasting resource for students of history and theology.

Gerard Guiton is the author of The Growth and Development of Quaker Testimony (2005), a spiritual direction work, Stillness (1994), and has co-edited Overcoming Violence in Asia: the Role of the Churches in Seeking Cultures of Peace (2011) for the Historic Peace Churches/WCC.  He was Henry J. Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Centre (Philadelphia, 2004-5).

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