Quaker Studies

The Valiant Sixty-First? John Woolman’s Apocalyptic Eschatology and the Restoration of the Lamb’s War

Quaker Studies (2013), 18, (1), 23–49.

Abstract

This article argues that John Woolman’s abolitionism and reform efforts are usefully understood through the lens of a theological restoration of the Lamb’s War. Specifically, this article explores Woolman’s apocalyptic eschatology, which is demonstrated through his conceptions of a realizing eschatology, protology, impending judgment, perfection and a new order on earth. Through acts of social confrontation and the direct inward revelation of Christ, both the first generation of Quakers and Woolman a century later proclaimed a message of transformation in a way that illumines broader tropes in Quaker experience.

The Valiant Sixty-First? John Woolman’s Apocalyptic Eschatology and the Restoration of the Lamb’s War

Abstract

This article argues that John Woolman’s abolitionism and reform efforts are usefully understood through the lens of a theological restoration of the Lamb’s War. Specifically, this article explores Woolman’s apocalyptic eschatology, which is demonstrated through his conceptions of a realizing eschatology, protology, impending judgment, perfection and a new order on earth. Through acts of social confrontation and the direct inward revelation of Christ, both the first generation of Quakers and Woolman a century later proclaimed a message of transformation in a way that illumines broader tropes in Quaker experience.


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Kershner, Jon R.