“To Wait Together Upon The Lord In Pure Science”

In The Appendix, Rachel Ozanne discusses the silent history of the Quakers and how it has defined them. “Quakers reinforced their own group identity as a people who did not make noise during worship. Methodists, by contrast, used ecstatic worship practice to gain and consolidate a community, attracting a steady stream of new converts. In either case, the community’s relationship to holy sounds—whether silent or out loud—was essential to defining who belonged.”

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