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Key aspects of Howgill's thought

Key aspects of Fox's thought

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It brings out the key aspects of the Francis Howgill passage. We see the way that criticism of others with more status is mixed with a celebration of the true faith that Howgill and his companions have found. We also see in this passage how ‘contract’ (legally binding agreement based on obligations) is contrasted with ‘covenant’ based on mutual promise-giving. The choice of scriptural references point to the Quaker understanding of how their movement is fulfilling Christian prophecy.

You might like to look at Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34. What other scriptural allusions can you see in this passage?

If Quakers were not reliant on scripture, why do you think they quoted it?

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Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers

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