Friends, this History page is likely to be a hodge-podge of miscellaneous links, essays, booklists, and photographs. The history of the Religious Society of Friends is well-recounted elsewhere, and our focus is the message that Jesus Christ is here, now, with a personal relationship planned out for You to participate in.
But there are indeed some lessons to be learned from a thoughtful examination of aspects of our past, and, frankly, some history is just plain interesting. Look over these links, articles, and photographs when you have a moment. Consider the past as a useful place to visit, but don't try to live there.
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In 1681, William Penn collected on a Â£16,000 debt owed his father by King charles of England, by accepting the charter of a colony in the New World. Named after Penn's father, Pennsylvania became a model of American government. The treaty with the Indians, in which Penn legally purchased his grant, has been described as "the only treaty never sworn and never broken." The Pennsylvania constitution, called The Framework of Government, was drafted by Penn himself, part i England, and part in the colony duing his residency there. Capital punishment was deleted from the penal code except for treason and murder, the minimum acceptable to the British crown. Freedom of religion to all Christians was guarenteed. Various featurs of the constitution are said to have been incorporated by Thomas Jefferson into the Constitution of the United States over 100 years later. Read it yourself, and make up your own mind how government and religion can work together in a positive manner.
For a thoughtful examination of a complicated topic, please check out A Short History of Conservative Friends.