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The Quakers in America (Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series)

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  • ISBN-10: 0231123620
  • ISBN-13: 9780231123624
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Release Date: Dec 03, 2003
  • Edition: 0
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.88 x 9.27 x 6.31 inches


The Quakers in America is a multifaceted history of the Religious Society of Friends and a fascinating study of its culture and controversies today. Lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings illuminate basic Quaker theology and reflect the group's diversity while also highlighting the fundamental unity within the religion. Quaker culture encompasses a rich tradition of practice even as believers continue to debate whether Quakerism is necessarily Christian, where religious authority should reside, how one transmits faith to children, and how gender and sexuality shape religious belief and behavior. Praised for its rich insight and wide-ranging perspective, The Quakers in America is a penetrating account of an influential, vibrant, and often misunderstood religious sect.

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