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‘The Power,’ Quaking, and the Rediscovery of Primitive Quakerism

“The Power of the Lord,” or just simply, “The Power,” was a very important concept to the early Quakers, but it is virtually unknown among Friends today. In The Power of the Lord Is Over All: The Pastoral Letters of George Fox, T. Canby Jones notes that Quakers frequently say that Fox’s central teaching was there is “that of God in every one.” Surprisingly, this phrase appears only 108 times in his writings. Variations of the “Power of the Lord,” however, appear 388 times, and it is the single most often used🔒

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Scott Martin is a longtime attender at Centre Meeting in Centreville, Delaware.


Posted in: Features, May 2001

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