VIDEO: [HistoryMakingProductions.com] Philadelphia’s founder William Penn — a radical Quaker, political prisoner, visionary city planner, absent landlord, and a slaveholder. Historians argue Penn cast a long shadow across American history. [Sep 4, 2014]
While in London’s notorious Newgate Prison, William Penn wrote 1670: “By Liberty of Conscience, we understand not only a mere Liberty of the Mind … but the exercise of ourselves in a visible way of worship, upon our believing it to be indispensably required at our hands, that if we neglect it for fear or favor of any mortal man, we sin, and incur divine wrath.”
Penn wrote in “England’s Present Interest Considered,” 1675: “Force makes hypocrites, ’tis persuasion only that makes converts.”
Another dissenter in London’s Newgate Prison was an early Baptist leader Thomas Helwys, who wrote in 1612: “The King is a mortal man, and not God, therefore he hath no power over the mortal soul of his subjects to make laws and ordinances for them and to set spiritual Lords over them.”
Thomas Helwys who died in the Newgate Prison in 1616, had written “A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity”: “If the Kings people be obedient and true subjects, obeying all humane laws made by the King, our Lord the King can require no more: for men’s religion to God is betwixt God and themselves; the King shall not answer for it, neither may the King be judge between God and man.”
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