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Religions 2018, 9(12), 395; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120395

When History Substitutes for Theology: The Impact of Quaker Scholars’ Religious Affiliations on the Study of Nineteenth Century American Quakerism

Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 1540 Jefferson Park Ave., P.O. Box 400126, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126, USA
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 20 November 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interdisciplinary Quaker Studies)
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Abstract

This article argues that histories of 19th century Quakerism are often veiled interdenominational theological arguments among Quakers. It looks at the historiography of the Hicksite Separation and the emergence of the pastoral system to suggest that the branch of Quakerism from which the author originates often plays a critical role in how they narrate history. The article suggests that objectivity is not an achievable or desirable aim for Quaker Studies or Quaker history, but that engagement with the broader currents of scholarship and clarifying theological presumptions for non-Quaker audiences are important to maintaining an academically legitimate discipline. View Full-Text
Keywords: historiography; Quaker history; Hicksite; holiness; transformation; Quaker Studies historiography; Quaker history; Hicksite; holiness; transformation; Quaker Studies
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May, I.B. When History Substitutes for Theology: The Impact of Quaker Scholars’ Religious Affiliations on the Study of Nineteenth Century American Quakerism. Religions 2018, 9, 395.

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