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John Woolman and the Government of Christ: A Colonial Quaker's Vision for the British Atlantic World

Jon R. Kershner


This book discusses the theology of the colonial New Jersey Quaker tailor John Woolman (1720–1772). Woolman is recognized as an antislavery advocate and as a reformer among eighteenth-century Quakers. This book discusses the theological motivations for those reforms, and explores the way Woolman constructed theological meaning in an individualized way to address the issues of colonial America. Woolman took on the role of a “lay” theologian to innovate within his Quaker tradition. Woolman’s theology is best classified as apocalyptic because it was centered on a vision of Christ’s immediate pres ... More

Keywords: popular theology, Quakers, colonial America, John Woolman, apocalypticism, micro-theology, abolitionism, prophetic, eschatology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190868079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190868079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon R. Kershner, author
Honorary Researcger, Lutheran University