William Penn (1644-1718) had a rather dramatic life. At age 22, he converted to Quakerism and never swayed from his convictions, despite pressure from the law, the Kind of England, and his father. In 17th century England, Quakers were considered radicals and targeted for persecution. Due to his outspoken faith, Penn was imprisoned in the Tower of London more than a few times.
Penn used his time well! While in prison, he gave much thought to tenets of the Society of Friends: pacifism, religious freedom, equality for all. In 1669, while serving another stint in the Tower of London (makes me shudder! A dark dungeon), he penned “No Cross, No Crown.” Today, it’s considered a Christian classic.
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Here’s a trivia question for you: when did William Penn first set foot in the New World?