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At Peace with the World, at War with Itself

At Peace with the World, at War with Itself

(p.197) Conclusion At Peace with the World, at War with Itself
Holy Nation
Sarah Crabtree
University of Chicago Press

This conclusion considers the Hicksite schism as an important moment of transition in the Zion tradition. It reassesses the separation in light of the external pressures on the Friends' holy nation this book has detailed and to propose the need to reconsider their internal struggles as reflective of the persecution suffered by Society members over the previous seventy-five years. In so doing, it casts the events of 1827-8 as the culmination of almost a century of war, the direct result of a narrowed understanding of citizenship, and the indirect consequence of a strengthening state. It then ends, however, by briefly noting the persistence of the Zion tradition among Friends, suggesting that the Society has continued to pursue a vision of community that transcends worldly boundaries and to call for a model of citizenship that promotes true peace and justice. In this way, the Quakers' holy nation remains an important paradigm in an increasingly globalized world.

Keywords:   Hicksite, orthodox, Great Separation of 1827-8, schism, Elias Hicks, evangelical

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