The Keithian Controversy: Early Quakers and Jesus

Start Date
17th October 2020
End Date
14th November 2020


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Course Details

How did the early Quakers understand the relationship between Quakerism and Christianity? What is the significance of the historical Jesus to Quaker spirituality? These were the central issues in the Keithian controversy: a dispute which broke out among Philadelphian Quakers in the seventeenth century when George Keith – one of the most important Quaker leaders at the time – was accused of focusing too heavily on the historical Jesus in his preaching. The same issues have emerged in every major Quaker schism ever since. This course will introduce participants to George Keith, guide them through the main events and causes of the Keithian controversy, and consider the significance of the controversy for Quakerism today.

This course comprises of:

  • Live speaker sessions
  • Live discussion sessions
  • Written and visual materials
  • A private discussion forum
  • Individual reflection

Live sessions are on Saturday at 10:00-11:30

Maddy Pennington is the author of The Christian Quaker: George Keith and the Keithian Controversy.

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