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The Shakers: Two centuries of spiritual reflection (The Classics of Western spirituality) download ebook
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Robley Edward (editor) Whitson
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Paulist Press; 1st Edition edition (1983)
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Home Browse Books Book details, The Shakers: Two Centuries of Spiritual Reflection. The Shakers: Two Centuries of Spiritual Reflection. By Robley Edward Whitson. This volume studies the Shaker tradition from its origin in late 18th-century England to its flowering in 19th-century America. Here are the collected teachings of Ann Lee, Joseph Meacham, John Dunlavy and others on community, celibacy, union with Christ, faith as process and the male/female aspects of God. Excerpt.

The Shakers: Two Centuries of Spiritual Reflection. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Ramsey, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1983. xiv + 370 pp. Gerald E. Jones (a1). Institute of ReligionBerkeley, California. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 28 July 2009.

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Classics of western spirituality. It is described as a library of the great spiritual masters

Classics of western spirituality. It is described as a library of the great spiritual masters. In this series six volumes at present are works of Franciscans themselves or about Franciscans. Each volume has an introduction to the particular works of the writers that have been translated.

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Results from Google Books. Series: Classics of Western Spirituality. Discusses the theology of the Shaker religion and examines the attitudes of the Shakers toward celibacy and community. Recently added by. clbsj, mitchellray, Alfred-Shakers, wolframhart2009, fpcgranville, circleb, BSOTALibrary.

The Shakers : two centuries of spiritual reflection, by Robley Edward Whitson. New York : Paulist Press, c1983. A part of the Classics of Western Spirituality series, this is a collection of excerpts from primary Shaker texts which are deemed to have particular theological implications. These excerpts are organized according to theological concepts addressed, and analysis is provided mainly in the introduction. The volume is well-indexed and contains a bibliography. The Shaker Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Glen Rock, NJ : Microfilming Corp

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  • Braswyn
"The Shakers: Two Centuries of Spiritual Reflection" is an excellent effort at understanding Shaker beliefs.

The book, from its introduction by Gertrude M. Soule, flows very well and gives good detail of the key aspects of Shaker life throughout the nineteenth century. The first writings are a testimony to how Shaker community served to give experience of the Divine to each Believer and direction to his/her life. There is an excellent description of Joseph Meacham's viewpoint of how Shakerism relates to the life of Christ, and there are several other simple but effective sources later in the book.

The next section deals with the way in which Shakers lived out their lives within the context of the Gospel and how Shaker theology was related to the ideal of Christ and Wisdom of earlier sects. Indeed, the whole chapter shows Shaker theology possessed a mystical spirit vased on the idea of the Light of God and the discernment of spirits. This areas shows how Shakers taught "to make the way of God their occupation" and how Shaker writers believed themselves illuminated by the divine Spirit.

The third chapter "Sharing The Christlife" turns the focus away from theological matters to practical Shakerism and the observation of a religious life. Here we see the character of celibate communalism that was a fundamental Shaker doctrine and how the interests of each Believer must be the interest of all. Shakers felt the Spirit led them into this order, and in the fourth chapter we see a return to theological reflection. Because Shakerism believed God to have both male and female attributes (Ann Lee was seen as the Second Coming by believers), this part focuses on the role of Christ, and simple description of the birth and life of Christ are most effective to see Shakerism's connection to the Peace Churches of the Reformation.

This part is more difficult to read than the relatively unchallenging earlier parts, but illustrates the manner by which Shakerism was effective in developing the humanity of Christ in a way rarely seen since the first millennium. There is a lengthy treatise on historical redemption that illustrates Mother Ann's historical role, and on the dual nature of the Godhead and Trinity. The last two chapters focus on the role of spiritual gifts in Shakerism that served to enhance their lives beyond rigid routine. The gift of peace, unity, and simplicity so evident in Shakerism during the nineteenth century are put out impressively throughout these parts. Written in touching mystical language, they show Shakers as people possessed of a truly joyful spirit.

Focusing on as many Shaker writers as possible, the book gives a very good understanding of who these people were and how they evolved during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rather than becoming incongruent, the use of many authors illustrates the communal spirit of the Shakers.

An impressive historical resource.
  • Vichredag
This volume is an excellent introduction to the breadth of Shaker experience, the diversity of writings, and the depth of thought. Shakers are often unfairly associated with an idealized view of a lifestyle or fine furniture rather than their groundbreaking theology, vital interaction with society at large, and unprecedented ability to take themselves both lightly and seriously. This volume respects "the Believers" and kindly reveals them to ecumenically minded folks. Students who can appreciate a tradition with a fluid nature will enjoy this book.
  • INwhite
Purchased this to add to my Classics of Western Spirituality collection. When I get around to reading it, probably years from now, I'll probably review it then.