‘Moved of the Lord’: the contingent itinerancy of early Friends

Hilary Hinds

in George Fox and Early Quaker Culture

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081576
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702383 | DOI:
‘Moved of the Lord’: the contingent itinerancy of early Friends

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This chapter turns to the Journal's structuring focus on Fox's journeys, and raises questions about the movement's commitment to an itinerant ministry and the ways in which, in Edward Burrough's words, ‘The worship of God in itself … is a walking with God’. While an itinerant Christian proselytising ministry was as old as the journeys of St Paul, there was none the less something unusual about the Quaker commitment to such a practice – unusual in that no other radical religious groups at the time made physical travail such a cornerstone of their modus Vivendi, but unusual too in that such restlessness sits strangely with a faith premised on the silent stillness of the meeting for worship. The chapter argues, however, that the itinerancy of Fox and other early Friends, as memorialised in the Journal, becomes itself a means of demonstrating the ceaseless presence of the indwelling Christ.

Keywords: Journal; George Fox; journeys; Quaker ministry; itinerant ministry

Chapter.  10556 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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