The History of George Fox

“For me, it is impossible to think of Quakerism without George Fox,” says Thomas Hamm, a recently retired Quaker history scholar at Earlham College and the editor of the Penguin Classics anthology of essential Quaker writings. “It would be like Buddhism without the Buddha, Islam without Muhammad.”

In this video, Thomas guides us through the turbulent religious landscape of seventeenth-century England and explains why the personal spiritual revelations Fox experienced had such an enormous impact.

“Quakerism exists because of George Fox,” Thomas concludes, “and I think Fox would be gratified that his message still resonates with people.”

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