In Preaching the Inward Light, Michael P. Graves analyzes the history of early Quaker preaching in order to provide us with insight into the beliefs and theology of Quaker practice. By looking at early 17th century Europe he explores both the seminal preachers and the lesser known figures who were pivotal rhetoricians for future of the penn quaker movement. In addition, Graves challenges the stereotypes of the early movement and shows the denomination to be theologically innovative and socially important. A well-written and finely researched book that is a spirited look back at an important people.
Studying the history of early Quaker preaching, Michael Graves uses careful rhetorical analysis to provide insights into Quaker theology and practice. Situating the movement within the intellectual context of early seventeenth century Europe, he explores both seminal preachers and lesser known figures who were nonetheless important rhetoricians. Through extant sermons he demonstrates that the early Quakers could be a vocal, even arevivalistic, a sect that sought to put into effect world-wide the moral, spiritual, and practical virtues of what they called aprimitive Christianity.a Thus, Graves challenges the stereotypes of the early movement and shows the denomination to be theologically innovative and socially important. Well-researched and well-written, "Preaching the Inward Light" is a timely look backward to these spirited people.
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