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Preaching the Inward Light
Early Quaker Rhetoric
Studying the history of early Quaker preaching, Michael Graves uses careful rhetorical analysis to provide insights into Quaker theology and practice. Situating the movement within the intellectual context of early seventeenth century Europe, he explores both seminal preachers and lesser known figures who were nonetheless important rhetoricians. Through extant sermons he demonstrates that the early Quakers could be a vocal, even “revivalistic,” sect that sought to put into effect world-wide the moral, spiritual, and practical virtues of what they called “primitive Christianity.” Thus, Graves challenges the stereotypes of the early movement and shows the denomination to be theologically innovative and socially important. Well-researched and well-written, Preaching the Inward Light is a timely look backward to these spirited people.
Ch. 1 Cultural Constraints on Early Quaker Preaching
Ch. 2 Presuppositions of Early Quaker Preaching
Ch. 3 The Development of Seventeenth Century Quaker Impromptu Preaching Theory
Ch. 4 Robert Barclay and the Grounding of Early Quaker Homiletic Theory
Ch. 5 The Flowering of Early Quaker Homiletic Theory: Samuel Bownas' Manual for Itinerant Impromptu Preachers
Ch. 6 Thematic Characteristics of Quaker Sermons, 1671-1700
Ch. 7 Key Metaphors in Early Quaker Sermons, 1671-1700
Ch. 8 Other Salient Characteristics of Quaker Sermons, 1671-1700
Ch. 9 George Fox Faces the Yearly Meeting in 1674: The Challenge of Legitimacy in a Culture that Values Impromptu, Inspired Discourse
Ch. 10 Stephen Crisp and the Bedrock of Early Quakerism
Ch. 11 “This is my testimony unto you from the life of God”: The Theorist Tests His Own Advice
Ch. 12 William Penn Preaches an Impromptu Funeral Sermon
"More than religious history, Michael P. Graves has penned a multifaceted historical, theoretical, and textual analysis of impromptu speech that will be of great interest to communication and rhetorical scholars. ... Through his careful scholarship and elegant prose, we catch a glimpse of the path these Friends followed, the meaning they built, the communities they formed, and the Light that illuminated their way."
—Jonathan J. Edwards, Rhetoric & Public Affairs (2011, 14:1)
"Preaching the Inward Light is an excellent resource not only for students of religious rhetoric, preaching, and history, but also for persons who would encounter a radically different approach to discerning God’s living word amid the community of faith."
—Homiletic (2010, 35:40)
"Writing in a clear, accessible style, Mike Graves breaks new ground in this discussion of late seventeenth-century Quaker impromptu preaching. Situating his analysis of particular sermons within the context of Quaker rhetorical and homiletical theory of the time, Graves adds a significant new chapter to both rhetorical and homiletical theory. Furthermore, Graves discerns features in early Quaker preaching that have striking pertinence for preaching today—for example, the way key metaphors lend these sermons both rhetorical and theological coherence. With today’s global resurgence of spontaneous, pneumatologically-driven modes of preaching, prompting both scholars and students of preaching to ask new questions, this book could hardly be more timely. Graves’ look backward may provide just the sort of exploratory map we need to move forward."
—Sally A. Brown, Elizabeth M. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, Princeton Theological Seminary
"A lively analysis of Quaker homiletics. Both historians and students of rhetoric and preaching will find here many helpful insights."
—John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Homiletics, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University
Michael P. Graves(Ph.D. University of Southern California) is Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication, Liberty University. He co-edited More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music (2004). He lives in Forest, Virginia.
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Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 - Volume 2
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The Politics of Sacred Rhetoric - Absolutist Appeals and Political Persuasion
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