“To read James Nayler is to connect with Quakerism’s initial eruption of insight and obedience,” writes Brian Drayton, who has found, in the writings of this influential and controversial Friend, messages that speak to the turmoil of our times, as they spoke to the turmoil of 1650s England. Some central themes in the ministry of James Nayler are explored, with attention to how they address the most basic challenges of faithfulness in what early Friends called “the Lamb’s War.” Through this exploration, Brian Drayton invites readers into a closer acquaintance and dialogue with the life and works of James Nayler. Discussion questions included.
About the Author(s)
Brain Drayton of Weare (NH) Monthly Meeting is a plant ecologist working in science education research, and a recorded minister in New England Yearly Meeting. He has traveled extensively under a concern to encourage Gospel ministry, and has given workshops, retreats, and addresses on topics in Quaker history and belief for monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings, and elsewhere. In 1994 he published Selections from the Writings of James Nayler. Other writings include Treasure in Earthen Vessels (1997), On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry (2006), Getting Rooted (PHP #391, 2007) and Unity, Disunity, Diversity (2007).
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #413