Quakers and Mysticism

Comparative and Syncretic Approaches to Spirituality

  • Jon R. Kershner

Part of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism book series (INTERMYST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Birkel, Marie Vandenbark
    Pages 23-42
  3. Carole Dale Spencer
    Pages 43-61
  4. Michael Birkel
    Pages 85-99
  5. Carole Dale Spencer
    Pages 141-159
  6. Christy Randazzo, David Russell
    Pages 161-180
  7. Sallie B. King
    Pages 221-239
  8. Thomas Cattoi
    Pages 241-248
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book examines the nearly 400-year tradition of Quaker engagements with mystical ideas and sources. It provides a fresh assessment of the way tradition and social context can shape a religious community while interplaying with historical and theological antecedents within the tradition. Quaker concepts such as “Meeting,” the “Light,” and embodied spirituality, have led Friends to develop an interior spirituality that intersects with extra-Quaker sources, such as those found in Jakob Boehme, Abū Bakr ibn Tufayl, the Continental Quietists, Kabbalah, Buddhist thought, and Luyia indigenous religion. Through time and across cultures, these and other conversations have shaped Quaker self-understanding and, so, expanded previous models of how religious ideas take root within a tradition. The thinkers engaged in this globally-focused, interdisciplinary volume include George Fox, James Nayler, Robert Barclay, Elizabeth Ashbridge, John Woolman, Hannah Whitall Smith, Rufus Jones, Inazo Nitobe, Howard Thurman, and Gideon W. H. Mweresa, among others. 


Nayler Boehme Winstanley Nitobe Barclay Quakerism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jon R. Kershner
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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