How Did Quakerism Contribute To The Rise Of William Penn

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Religious inequality was a problem back in the 1670s era. William Penn converted to the Quakerism religion due to his relationship with his father. His father, Admiral Penn was almost never home throughout young Williams’s childhood. His religious conversion also had to do with his mother’s overwhelming influence. Lastly, the feeling of being alone also contributed to his conversion into Quakerism. That conversion to Quakerism also caused William Penn religious tolerance. He thought everyone should have the right to praise their God if in the end they were all praising the same God.
William Penn’s father was at sea most of the time, in fact as soon as William Penn was born he had to sail sea. The longest time Admiral Penn was at home with William …show more content…

He was shopping for clothes and throughout the conversation with the shop owner he learned that the Quaker minister Thomas Loe was in Cork as well. William Penn has heard Thomas Loe speak as a young boy. Penn was amazed at the hospitality and how they didn’t judge him by his clothes or his social rank status. William was most impressed of the amount of courage they had, to help out the plague victims when they knew they were at risk of getting infected. William later learned that, that was the Quaker way and was so intrigued. He couldn’t help to realize that the Quakers meeting was on private home due to the Clarendon Code. Which still applied in Ireland the law didn’t allow any religion besides the Catholics to worship or praise in public. Within a few weeks Penn endured the same harassment the Quakers endured for years. The Quaker religion not only changed the way William thought but the way he acted.”…Penn did what came naturally to him; he picked up the intruder by the collar and was about to hurl him down the stairs when friends stopped him, telling him that was not the Quaker way.” This proves that William Penn Junior would have defended himself of the soldier and thrown him down the stairs, if he wasn’t exposed to the Quaker religion. However Quakerism did not change his whole personality. For example on page 35 “William Penn, still a Cavalier, had subtle sense of the dramatic, which he never lost. The grand gesture had become part of his personality.” This is how Quakerism had much to do with William Penn’s religious

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