Benjamin Lay and Quaker Corporate Witness

Benjamin Lay and Quaker Corporate Witness

It does apparently take a certain personality type to be dedicated to the truth above popularity or even security. That kind of personality is it seems at times flamboyant or “rude” or aggressive and self-righteous in making its point. As Redikar says about Lay: “His confrontational methods made people talk: about him, his ideas, the nature of Quakerism and Christianity, and, most of all, slavery.”

Atlas Obscura on Benjamin Lay

Atlas Obscura on Benjamin Lay

During his life and after his death, many people, Rediker says, thought of Lay as deranged. “[Historians] thought he was not sane, and this was a very effective way of putting him at the margins.” Ableism, too, seems to have factored in this general unwillingness to take him seriously. But some of those in the abolitionist movement did feel the need to celebrate this “Quaker comet,” as he came to be known

The Power of Yes?

The Power of Yes?