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FutureLearn: Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers

 with  Ben Pink Dandelion

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When you think of the Quakers, it might bring to mind porridge oats, pacifism or prison reform but there is much more to Quakerism.

We will be finding out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

We will explore the beginnings of Quakerism and this critical piece of religious history of a group who gathered around a radical and outspoken spiritual message that was to change the face of 1650s England, and has since remained a distinctive part of the religious landscape.

There are no special requirements to take this course, but an interest in religion or history or both, might be beneficial.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Finished
Subject Religion
Institution Lancaster University
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 3 weeks long
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12 months ago
Birrell Walsh completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was a straightforward history course. We were exposed to the writings of George fox and to a small degree of Margaret Fell. We saw the places in which the Society of Friends came into existence. It was an austere, pleasant set of lectures and videos. But the discussions were riveting. The students were obviou Read More
This was a straightforward history course. We were exposed to the writings of George fox and to a small degree of Margaret Fell. We saw the places in which the Society of Friends came into existence. It was an austere, pleasant set of lectures and videos.

But the discussions were riveting. The students were obviously wrestling with their own angels, as Jacob did; and they shared that struggle in the discussion board. And suddenly I realized that it was in just such a context that Quakerism arose, and brought hope.

It was very moving, and I am glad I took the course.
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