Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration
Other English thinkers in the s shared these ideas. But Penn had the opportunity to act on his beliefs.
In Pennsylvania, religious tolerance was the law. Penn welcomed settlers from all faiths to Pennsylvania. Each of the other American colonies had established an official church, but Penn did not. He sought out religious groups suffering in Europe, and invited them to his colony.
Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach: Andrew R. Murphy on William Penn
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Search my Subject Specializations: Select Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Murphy Abstract This book argues that despite widespread scholarly neglect, William Penn — was a sophisticated political thinker who contributed in important ways to the theory and practice of religious liberty in the early modern Atlantic world.
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At the height of his influence, Penn was one of the best-known Dissenters in England and walked the halls of power as a close ally of King James II. At his lowest point, he found himself jailed on suspicion of treason, and later served time in debtor's prison. Despite his importance, William Penn has remained an elusive character -- many people know his name, but few know much more than that.
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Murphy offers the first major biography of Penn in more than forty years, and the first to make full use of Penn's private papers.
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