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1st Because she was woman 2d Because she was an inspired woman 3d Because she enlarged the scope of religious experience 4th Because she unfolded a principle an idea which no man not even Jesus had announced or perhaps surmised Mother Ann Lee The Messiah p63 Ann Lee born in 1736 left no written documents that attest to her beliefs Ann was born to poverty in Manchester England As a young adult she worked many years as an assistant in the clothing industry with no education At the young age of twenty-two Ann became under the influence of a couple who formed the team of Shaking Quakers named Jane and James Wadley Ann Lee taught that God is both a mother and a father thus the work of redemption must be filled by two Messiahs-the male Jesus and the female Ann Lee Feminist radicals see Ann Lee as the Mother half of God Ann Lee stood in an ancient theological tradition of charismatic women who in their marriage to Christ expressed their womanhood in a revolutionary manner Ann Lee remains as an idealistic woman in our society because she paved the way for women in the religious movement of the eighteenth century She established herself with the forming of the Shakers A group she founded in the eighteenth century The Shakers were very aware that their founders contribution to Christianity exceeded that of the times when Luther and Calvin spread the religious word Ann Lee issued the revelation that she had a strong vision of what had happened in the Garden of Eden with the first man and woman which explains the reason why all mankind was separated from God Sexual intercourse had been the first and remained the original sin and the primary source of all the problems in the world such as war slavery disease poverty and the inequality of men and woman Ann Lee argued that instead of a carnal
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