‘A Word from the Lost’, by David Lewis

Review by Margaret Heathfield

Close-up of the book cover. | Photo: Courtesy of Inner Light Books.

This fine book is both scholarly and approachable. The author sets out to explore James Nayler’s thought and theology and reflect on its relevance today, by contrasting it with later Quaker thought as shown in our books of discipline since Nayler’s time. He achieves his aim with aplomb, in spite of the complicated historical background and the need to help us with the language of the seventeenth century which James Nayler used. He gives the social and political history of the times their due weight and provides a biographical setting for the theology he describes.

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