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George Fox and Early Quaker Culture$
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Hilary Hinds

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081576

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081576.001.0001

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

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

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George Fox and Early Quaker Culture

Hilary Hinds

Manchester University Press

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

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