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Title: The eschatology of Margaret Fell (1614-1702) and its place in her theology and ministry
Author: Padgett, Sally Bruyneel
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis examines the theology of Margaret Askew Fell Fox (1614-1702). While Fell has been the subject of some historical research, especially by Quaker scholars, she has not been studied as a religious author in her own right. This thesis undertakes a careful study of her theology, taking her seriously as a prophetic and practical theologian. It demonstrates that, like other early Quakers and like many English religious authors during the Civil War and Interregnum, Fell was deeply influenced by Biblical apocalyptic literature and the strong eschatological expectations of her time. After a brief overview of her life, ministry and theological writings, this work places Fell's thought in the context of English apocalyptic and millenarian movements, including the peculiarly Quaker understanding of an over-realized eschatology of the Light within. We then move on to a larger consideration of her theology as a whole, with an emphasis upon her eschatology. In the final chapters of the work, we demonstrate the centrality of Fell's eschatology for her work with the Jews, for her defense of the spiritual equality of women, and for her promotion of the Quaker peace testimony. Like the other Quakers of her day, she held that Christ had come fully in the Light, shining in the conscience of all people. Although her views on the character of the Second Coming changed somewhat after the return of the King in 1660, they retained an obvious and consistent realized eschatology. This eschatological center gives shape to the whole of her life and thought
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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