The Light in Their Consciences: the Early Quakers in Britain, 1646-1666
- List Price: $19.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
- Publish date: 06/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780271019895
- ISBN10: 0271019891
Moore offers compelling portraits of the leading figures of the Quaker movement, notably George Fox, James Nayler, and Magaret Fell She shows their interrelationships and documents the emergence of George Fox as the leading Friend, relying not so much on Fox's own proclamations as on the perceptions of both his followers and his enemies as reflected in correspondence and printed pamphlets. Moore also charts the growth of a genuine denominational consciousness among Friends. This leads her to continue her account past the customary stopping point of 1660 -- the Restoration of Charles II -- up through 1666. It was in that year that Fox initiated major organizational reforms that signaled the true dividing line between the early charismatic Quaker movement and the introverted sect of the later seventeenth century.
The Light in Their Consciences combines a lively narrative with impeccable research. Moore draws upon unprecedented computer-based analysis of all the contemporary Quaker and anti-Quaker literature. Her account will interest historians, theologians, and members of the Society of Friends throughout the world.