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John Woolman’s Christological Model of Discernment

  • Jon R. Kershner
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Part of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism book series (INTERMYST)

Abstract

In “John Woolman’s Christological Model of Discernment” Kershner argues that Woolman’s ascetic and devotional spirituality was informed by the goal of Christ being formed in the individual in a similar way to the ideal put forward by Thomas à Kempis’ The Christian Pattern, or the Imitation of Jesus Christ. Woolman used the language of the spiritual senses to contemporize Jesus Christ’s historical experiences in a way that guided Woolman in the ethical decisions he faced in the eighteenth-century world. Those prepared in “resignation” to receive Christ’s presence could “dwell” in Christ. Woolman’s eschatological focus takes the act of imitation further than Thomas did in that it heightened his expectations for social transformation as Christ’s life was re-enacted in his life.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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