George Fox: A Legacy of Friends

Did you know? President Herbert Hoover and President Richard Nixon were friends?

As in Friends--or Quakers! Part of a long list among influencers in America, Quakers formed around the teachings of George Fox, a 17th-century leader who emphasized a personal experience with God.

His sermons and writings quoted the Bible frequently, bringing hope for religious freedom despite government harassment, even imprisonment.

By the end of the century there were 100,000 Quakers, among them, William Penn, who used his influence to establish the British Provence of Pennsylvania as a sanctuary for religious freedom.

The Toleration Act in 1689 granted freedom to Quakers, and it became the denomination today known as Friends—taken from Jesus’s words in John 15:14: “You are my friends if you do what I command.”

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