Quaker Studies

Restless Hearts: George Fox and Augustine of Hippo

Quaker Studies (2017), 22, (2), 197–208.

Abstract

John Punshon once proposed that someone should undertake a comparison of early Quaker George Fox with ancient North African bishop Augustine of Hippo. Despite considerable differences between the two, a close look at turning points in their religious autobiographies shows common themes, particularly a Johannine sense of interiority and divine love. These turning points operated differently in their lives: for George Fox, it enabled him to embrace others whose unrighteousness had repulsed him, while, for Augustine, it enabled him to relax his terrified grip on those whom he loved.

Restless Hearts: George Fox and Augustine of Hippo

Abstract

John Punshon once proposed that someone should undertake a comparison of early Quaker George Fox with ancient North African bishop Augustine of Hippo. Despite considerable differences between the two, a close look at turning points in their religious autobiographies shows common themes, particularly a Johannine sense of interiority and divine love. These turning points operated differently in their lives: for George Fox, it enabled him to embrace others whose unrighteousness had repulsed him, while, for Augustine, it enabled him to relax his terrified grip on those whom he loved.


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Birkel, Michael