Chapter

“The Habitation of the Hunted‐Christ”

Meredith Baldwin Weddle

in Walking in the Way of Peace

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131383
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513138X.003.0006
 “The Habitation of the Hunted‐Christ”

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Rhode Island was a sanctuary for Quakers and others because of its freedom from civil enforcement of religion and its tradition of religious liberty. In 1672, a group of English Quakers including one of the founders of Quakerism, George Fox, visited Rhode Island. Fox preached and organized vigorously, strengthening the structure of Quaker meetings, taming the extreme individualism of Quaker belief, and establishing a system of internal discipline to temper individual revelation. In 1672 also, Quakers came to dominate the Rhode Island government, to Fox's delight. The duties of Quaker governors created new tensions with the requirements of the peace testimony.

Keywords: 1672; discipline; George Fox; governors; liberty; religious; sanctuary; structure

Chapter.  6987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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