Job Scott

As Light Is Sown

The Quaker culture that emerged from the mid-1600s was hardly uniform, but by the time George Fox died in 1691, the Society of Friends had largely made peace with the world and drawn into a framework where its members could pursue their faith with little fear of persecution. Over the ensuing decades, the focus turns toward daily life. If Friends were to be a people of God, they sensed they had now been gathered out of the world and placed behind a protective hedge; their teachings were to be handed down largely within their families. This, of course, created a paradox for a faith that was based on direct experience of the Logos as an Inward Light. Not all birthright Friends had undergone this transformation, and not all children would choose to stay within the faith. Outwardly, Friends were also engaged in the Holy Experiment of governing Pennsylvania, and all…

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