In the tumultuous 1640’s amid the barely controlled chaos of the
Interregnum, George Fox, the spiritually inclined son of an Leicestershire
weaver, wandered up and down the local countryside in
search of revelation, disputing with local ministers, debating theology
with anyone who would speak with him. Years later, in his autobiographical
Journal, Fox described the pivotal moment of his
But as I had forsaken all the priests, so I left the separate preachers also…
for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition.
And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I
had nothing outwardly to help me, nor could tell what to do, then, Oh,
then, I heard a voice which said, ‘There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can
speak to thy condition’, and when I heard it, my heart did leap for joy.