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A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers   By: (1644-1718)

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A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers by William Penn is an enlightening and comprehensive exploration of the history and beliefs of the Quaker religious movement. Penn, a prominent figure in the establishment of the American colony of Pennsylvania, provides a detailed and engaging narrative that captivates readers from the very first page.

This book serves as a testament to the author's dedication to the Quaker faith, as well as his profound understanding of its origins and evolution. Penn skillfully charts the rise of the Quakers from their inception in England during the mid-17th century, detailing the movement's key figures, events, and doctrines. With meticulous research and firsthand knowledge, he sheds light on the struggles faced by Quakers, such as persecution and social ostracism, and highlights their unwavering commitment to their principles.

One of the notable strengths of Penn's account is his objective and fair-minded approach. He presents the perspectives and experiences of the Quakers without bias, allowing readers to develop their own understanding and interpretation of their beliefs. Moreover, Penn's writing style is both accessible and engaging, making potentially complex concepts easily graspable for readers of all backgrounds and knowledge levels.

Another commendable aspect of this book is the inclusion of personal anecdotes and insightful reflections from the author himself. Penn effectively weaves his own experiences as a Quaker into the historical narrative, providing invaluable context and adding a human touch to the account. These personal touches create a stronger connection between the readers and the subject matter, fostering a deeper appreciation for the Quaker movement.

Despite its brevity, Penn's account is remarkably comprehensive. He covers a wide range of topics, including the Quaker theology, their principles of pacifism and egalitarianism, as well as their doctrines surrounding worship and social justice. Each chapter brings readers closer to understanding the complexity and diversity within the Quaker community, as well as the lasting impact it has had on society throughout history.

However, one potential drawback of this book is its limited focus on the American Quaker movement. While Penn himself was instrumental in the establishment of the Pennsylvania colony, his account leans heavily towards the English Quaker experience. This could potentially leave readers wanting for a more in-depth examination of the Quaker faith in America.

In conclusion, A Brief Account of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers by William Penn is a commendable and informative work that sheds light on the captivating history and beliefs of the Quaker religious movement. Penn's meticulous research, personal reflections, and accessible writing style make this book an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the Quakers. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply intrigued by religious movements, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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PROGRESS OF THE PEOPLE CALLED QUAKERS

Transcribed from the 1834 Harrison and Crosfield edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE PEOPLE CALLED QUAKERS, IN WHICH THEIR FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE, DOCTRINES, WORSHIP, MINISTRY, AND DISCIPLINE, ARE PLAINLY DECLARED.

WITH A SUMMARY RELATION OF THE FORMER DISPENSATIONS OF GOD IN THE WORLD; BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION.

BY WILLIAM PENN.

AS UNKNOWN, AND YET WELL KNOWN. 2 COR. VI. 9.

TWELFTH EDITION.

MANCHESTER:

Printed by Harrison and Crosfield , Market Street .

SOLD BY

HARVEY & DARTON, GRACECHURCH STREET, LONDON.

1834.

AN EPISTLE TO THE READER.

Reader, this following account of the people called Quakers, &c. was written in the fear and love of God: first, as a standing testimony to that ever blessed truth in the inward parts, with which God, in my youthful time, visited my soul, and for the sense and love of which I was made willing, in no ordinary way, to relinquish the honours and interests of the world... Continue reading book >>




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