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A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 1   By: (1760-1846)

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Thomas Clarkson's A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 1 is an enlightening and impeccably researched exploration of the Quaker faith. Clarkson's dedication to delving deep into the essence of Quakerism is evident throughout this comprehensive volume.

The book begins with a thorough historical overview, tracing the origins of Quakerism back to its founding by George Fox in the 17th century. The author skillfully navigates the complexities of its evolution, documenting how the movement spread and faced persecution, providing readers with a captivating account of Quakerism's tumultuous early years.

One of the notable aspects of Clarkson's work is his keen attention to detail in elucidating the fundamental beliefs and practices of Quakers. He effectively sets the stage for readers to understand the central tenets of this faith, such as the emphasis on inner spiritual experience as a means of connecting to divine truth and the rejection of hierarchical religious structures.

Moreover, Clarkson employs a combination of personal anecdotes, historical accounts, and extensive references to Quaker writings to bring their beliefs to life. His comprehensive analysis of Quaker values, such as pacifism and social justice, provides valuable insight into their enduring impact on society. Through Clarkson's vivid imagery, readers gain an intimate understanding of the Quaker lifestyle, worship practices, and the challenges faced by adherents.

While the book is undoubtedly an academic undertaking, Clarkson manages to strike a balance between his analysis and an engaging narrative style. His writing is accessible and informative, making this volume accessible to both scholars and general readers interested in Quakerism.

It is worth noting, however, that some readers may find the extensive content overwhelming due to the wealth of historical references and quotations. Although this intricacy may impede a seamless reading experience for those unfamiliar with Quaker history, it undoubtedly adds depth and credibility to the author's arguments.

All in all, A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 1 is a commendable scholarly contribution that sheds light on the core beliefs, principles, and struggles of the Quaker faith. Thomas Clarkson's meticulous research, thoughtful analysis, and engaging storytelling make this volume a must-read for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of Quakerism.

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Taken from a View of the Education and Discipline, Social Manners, Civil and Political Economy, Religious Principles and Character, of the Society of Friends




[Illustration: THOMAS CLARKSON, A.M.]






Amusements distinguishable into useful and hurtful the latter specified and forbidden .


SECT. I. Games of chance forbidden history of the origin of some of these .

SECT. II. Forbidden as below the dignity of the intellect of man, and of his christian character .

SECT. III. As producing an excitement of the passions, unfavourable to religious impressions historical anecdotes of this excitement .

SECT. IV. As tending to produce, by the introduction of habits of gaming, an alteration in the moral character .


SECT. I. Music forbidden instrumental innocent in itself, but greatly abused the use of it almost inseparable from its abuse at the present day .

SECT. II. Quakers cannot learn instrumental on the usual motives of the world nor consider it as a source of moral improvement, or of solid comfort to the mind but are fearful that, if indulged in, it would interfere with the Christian duty of religious retirement ... Continue reading book >>

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