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Comment: TITLE: HOLINESS: THE SOUL OF QUAKERISMAUTHOR: SPENCER, CAROLEISBN 10: 1556358091ISBN 13: 9781556358098BINDING: PaperbackPUBLICATION DATE: 2008PAGES: 319DESCRIPTION: Used book in good or better condition. Transit time: 5-24 Days.
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Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism: An Historical Analysis of the Theology of Holiness in the Quaker Tradition (Studies in Christian History and Thought) Paperback – December 1, 2007

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  • Series: Studies in Christian History and Thought
  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556358091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556358098
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`In this original and stimulating work, Carole Spencer takes holiness as her interpretative key, rooting Quakerism firmly in the Christian mystical tradition. She uses her analysis to challenge a number of widely-held assumptions about Quaker history and theology and has opened the doors to a wide range of new research possibilities. This is one of the most powerful and interesting studies I have read for a very long time.'
- John Punshon, Retired Professor of Quaker Studies, Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana, USA

`This book breaks the mould of Quaker history with its original and compelling thesis. Carole Spencer's work is first rate and highly readable. All scholars of Quakerism need to read this.'
- `Ben' Pink Dandelion, Programmes Leader, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

`Carole Spencer is one of a new generation of Friends focused on exploring commonalities in a diverse community of faith rather than highlighting schisms. She shows how Quaker holiness cuts across all the usual doctrinal boundaries. Her careful research into Quaker theology is conscious of the flow of history and the dynamics of cultural change. She draws on her extensive knowledge of Christian mysticism as she reflects on Quaker worship and spirituality. Her work opens a new area of scholarship as well as a perspective on faith and should be widely read.'
- Margery Post Abbott, Quaker, Author, Clerk of Friends Committee on National Legislation

`What Rufus Jones did with the relation between Quakerism and Continental mysticism, and what Hugh Barbour argued regarding the Puritan background of Quakerism, Carole Spencer has now performed in heightening the holiness and transformational essence of historic Quakerism. This book performs a remarkable feat in ways that no other book has done: outlining the spiritual and religious continuity between early Friends and the majority of Friends today. It will be read with interest by readers in all sectors of the Quaker movement and beyond.'
- Paul Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, USA
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About the Author

Carole Dale Spencer, PhD, teaches Church History and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She is also Pastor of Adult Education at Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oregon and a recorded Quaker minister. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church and joined with Friends later in life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon St.Laurent on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
While Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism is written for an academic audience, I hope others, especially Quakers, will explore the compelling story Spencer tells. I was delighted to see that her definition of "Holiness" isn't monolithic, but rather combines classic strands of Christian thought into a uniquely Quaker synthesis.

Much of the interest here comes from her description of the initial synthesis, and then her analysis of how later periods of Quakerism and specific individuals within those periods exemplified or wandered away from those aspects. The fracture lines that would later become schisms make more sense in this context, and it feels much easier to me to discuss what Quakerism has lost in the centuries since its founding given this structure.

I also recommend the appendices, which examine the ties between Quakerism and earlier Christian mysticism, other movements of the same time, and Methodism. Each of them could probably become a book of its own (as could other aspects of the book), but they introduced some new areas worth exploring.
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