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The Light in Their Consciences

Early Quakers in Britain, 1646–1666

Rosemary Moore

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350 pages
6" × 9"
13 b&w illustrations
2020
Twentieth Anniversary Edition

The New History of Quakerism

The Light in Their Consciences

Early Quakers in Britain, 1646–1666

Rosemary Moore

Hailed upon its publication as “history at its finest” by H. Larry Ingle and called “the essential foundation to explore early Quaker history” by Sixteenth Century Journal, Rosemary Moore’s The Light in Their Consciences is the most comprehensive, readable history of the first decades of the life and thought of The Society of Friends. This twentieth anniversary edition of Moore’s pathbreaking work reintroduces the book to a new generation of readers.

 

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Hailed upon its publication as “history at its finest” by H. Larry Ingle and called “the essential foundation to explore early Quaker history” by Sixteenth Century Journal, Rosemary Moore’s The Light in Their Consciences is the most comprehensive, readable history of the first decades of the life and thought of The Society of Friends. This twentieth anniversary edition of Moore’s pathbreaking work reintroduces the book to a new generation of readers.

Drawing on an innovative computer-based analysis of primary sources and Quaker and anti-Quaker literature, Moore provides compelling portraits of George Fox, James Nayler, Margaret Fell, and other leading figures; relates how the early Friends lived and worshipped; and traces the path this radical group followed as it began its development into a denomination. In doing so, she makes clear the origins and evolution of Quaker faith, details how they overcame differences in doctrinal interpretation and religious practice, and delves deeply into clashes between and among leaders and lay practitioners.

Thoroughly researched, felicitously written, and featuring a new introduction, updated sources, and an enlightening outline of Moore’s research methodology, this edition of The Light in Their Consciences belongs in the collection of everyone interested in or studying Quaker history and the era in which the movement originated.

An active member of The Society of Friends since 1954, Rosemary Moore is an honorary staff member with the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke. She is coauthor of The Quakers, 1656–1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community, also published by Penn State University Press.

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Preface and Acknowledgments from the First Edition of 2000

Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Part 1: Quaker Beginnings, 1646–1658

1. Genesis

2. The Quaker Explosion

3. The Consequences of James Nayler

Part 2: Shaping the Quaker Faith

4. The Biblical Framework

5. The Kingdom of the Lord

6. Putting Experience into Words

7. Heated Controversy

8. Serious Theology

Part 3: Quakers in Practice

9. Walking in the Light

10. Foundations of the Gospel Order

11. Quakers Meeting

12. “Sufferings” Before the Restoration

Part 4: Turmoil and Transition, 1659–1666

13. The Defeat of the Radicals

14. Survival

15. The Consequences of John Perrot

16. Poetry, Testimonies, and Pastoral Epistles

17. Metamorphosis

Appendix 1: Sources of Information for Early Quakerism

Appendix 2: Research Methods

Appendix 3: Table of Publications

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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