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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter examines eschatology in Quaker thought. Early Quaker witness exhibited an apocalyptic eschatology, in which the return of Christ was experienced via the Light in each person’s conscience. Early Friends understood their experience as the end of the world, a restoration of the relations of Eden. Their witness thus manifested both eschatology and protology. This revelation was not a private phenomenon. Individuals converged in their experience and the shared social practices they derived from it, making the early Quaker movement a socially revolutionary force in Britain of the 1650s. This chapter follows subsequent shifts in Quaker eschatology and teleology over 350 years, charting its transformation from an amillennial theology to post-millennial and pre-millennial emphases in the nineteenth century, followed by Modernist, anti-Modernist, and post-Modernist permutations down to the present.

Keywords: eschatology, protology, teleology, apocalyptic, amillennial, post-millennial, pre-millennial, Modernist, anti-Modernist, post-Modernist

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