Jon R. Kershner

Father, Professor, and Wannabe Gardner in Seattle, Washington

Jon R. Kershner

Father, Professor, and Wannabe Gardner in Seattle, Washington

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I earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2013, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005.

I study the way theology works as a resource for faith and social witness. My book, John Woolman and the Government of Christ: A Colonial Quaker's Vision for the British Atlantic World (Oxford University Press, 2018) explores the theology of eighteenth-century Quaker abolitionist and reformer, John Woolman. I have also authored a section on Quaker theology and philosophy in Quaker Studies: An Overview (Brill, 2018). My third book, "To Renew the Covenant": Religious Themes in Eighteenth Century Quaker Abolitionism (Brill, 2018), argues that Quakers were inspired to antislavery reforms through a covenantal view of God's providence in history. Currently, I am editing a book entitled, "Quakers and Mysticism: Comparative and Syncretic Approaches to Quaker Spirituality." The volume is contracted to appear with PalgraveMacMillan in 2019.

My writings have been featured in several academic journals, including Quaker Studies, Quaker Religious Thought, Quaker History, and the Wesleyan Theological Journal. I have also written chapters for Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808, Quakers and Literature, and a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Quakerism (2018)

Other areas of interest include Global Christianity, apocalypticism, eighteenth-century antislavery thought, historical theology, mysticism in Western culture and the theological roots of social reform.

I was especially happy to help start the Quaker Studies Program Unit, American Academy of Religion, and I currently serve as co-chair of the Program Unit. For a fuller listing of my papers and publications, see here.

Apart from the academic work I find so meaningful, I am also an avid baseball fan (Go Mariners!), and I love snowshoeing and hiking with my family.

  • Work
    • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Education
    • University of Birmingham
    • Princeton Theological Seminary
    • George Fox University