Quaker Studies

Theological Sources of William Penn’s Concept of Religious Toleration*

Quaker Studies (2012), 16, (2), 190–212.

Abstract

William Penn left no direct testimony to the sources of his intellectual and theological development. Through an investigation of the possible influences on Penn up to when he wrote the majority of his works on religious toleration, however, it is possible to argue that the major influences often credited in Penn’s development—contemporary European philosophy and two years of study at Oxford—are much less plausible than his two years at the Saumur Academy in France under the instruction of Moses Amyraut.

Theological Sources of William Penn’s Concept of Religious Toleration*

Abstract

William Penn left no direct testimony to the sources of his intellectual and theological development. Through an investigation of the possible influences on Penn up to when he wrote the majority of his works on religious toleration, however, it is possible to argue that the major influences often credited in Penn’s development—contemporary European philosophy and two years of study at Oxford—are much less plausible than his two years at the Saumur Academy in France under the instruction of Moses Amyraut.


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Morris, Kenneth R.