"Quaker Iconoclasm and the Politics of Early Modern Worship" - brown bag talk by Gest Fellow Ryan Tobler

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
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Hochberg, Rachel A

Brown bag talk by Gest Fellow Ryan Tobler

PhD candidate, Religions of the Americas, Harvard University

The long and exceptionally messy English Reformation spawned an entire spectrum of Protestant groups with a range of views on many religious questions, among them that of worship. One of the most intransigent and hotly contested issues of all, worship was understood during the early modern period as the site where God's sacred presence irrupted into the profane world, and therefore as a matter of existential importance. Quakers were among those most adamant in what was originally a Protestant quest to see worship transcend the material and formal, entering the pure world of spirit. This presentation explores the cultural politics of that quest and its significance for Quakers on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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