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

Jon R. Kershner (Author)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
April 02, 2018
6.2 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Jon Kershner is a lecturer in the department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University.


"With at least two comprehensive biographies of John Woolman in the last decade, it is remarkable that Jon Kershner finds so much new to say in his John Woolman and the Government of Christ... A deep dive into Woolman's theology, the book is accessible to a broad range of scholars... Kershner's work is not only an overdue reevaluation of Woolman's theology but also a timely consideration of how individuals have attempted to "navigat[e] world affairs with a heavenly perspective." -- Church History

"Jon Kershner's illuminating, engaging, ground-breaking book examines the thought of eighteenth-century Quaker prophet and lay theologian John Woolman. With great clarity, a sure-handed contextual understanding of the times, and impressive analytic rigor, Kershner shows how Woolman's prophetic, amillennialist theology was relevant to his times, and perhaps beyond them. This is essential reading for anyone interested in eighteenth-century American religion or the thought of religious radicals during the early modern period."--Stephen Angell, Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies, Earlham School of Religion

"John Woolman is widely known for opposing slavery, warfare, cruelty to animals, deception, exploitation, extravagance and greed. In this carefully researched examination of Woolman's theology, Jon Kershner helps us see more clearly what Woolman was for. Kershner recovers the faith and optimism that drove Woolman's ministry, informed his protests, and gave his life an overriding sense of purpose and coherence."--Geoffrey Plank, Professor of History, University of East Anglia

"A fascinating and original work that will prove indispensable for our understanding of Woolman. Kershner makes a compelling and convincing case for the centrality of apocalypticism in understanding the Quaker prophet's religious vision."--Justin Meggitt, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion, University of Cambridge