Day 125: Quakers and Witchcraft

I love this post, and it explains to me one of many reasons I elected to be born in Pennsylvania — Penn’s Woods, founded by the Quaker, William Penn. i’ve always felt so aligned with the simplicity, mysticism, respect and sincerity of Quakers, and some of my favorite people in Elkhart County also happen to host a Friends Meeting in their home. Thanks for this historical perspective!

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The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, were often accused of witchcraft in the early days of the movement. The Puritans looked at the mystical experience of the Quakers as being more of the Devil than of God, and felt like this sort of “possession” as it was often referred to, was of the same kind as they saw with those accused of witchcraft. While both the Puritans and the Quakers put an emphasis on miracles and the working of the Divine in the world around them, it was the Puritans who often mocked and abused the Quakers for believing in the curative powers of prayer and Divine intersession. For the Puritans sickness was seen as being directly related to sin, yet for Quakers like George Fox idea was that the human, however sinful, could be freed by their relationship with the “Light” within us all. This philosophy led to…

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6 responses to this post.

  1. My wife is descended from the “Boston Martyr” Mary Dyer who was so influenced by George Fox and who was hung for her relentless adherence to freedom of religion in the colonies – a trait of character that was often associated with witchy “possession” in those days. Her mother’s maiden name is Dyer. You don’t want to mess with any of the Dyer women.

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  2. I meant “hanged” though “hung” might also apply. LOL

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  3. LOL!!! Cool heritage, too.

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  4. Very interesting article. Thank you very much for sharing!

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  5. Here is a short little gem of a book about Mary Dyer which gives a feel for what was happening in the colonies at that turbulent time. Dyer’s painted image looks uncannily like that of my wife who is distantly related.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Dyer-Biography-Rebel-Quaker/dp/0828322082/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440514639&sr=1-2&keywords=mary+dyer

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  6. Thank you for the link. Best wishes.

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