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When William Penn, whose portrait still adorns the walls of Christ Church College, was expelled from Oxford in 1661 for his nonconformist views and alternative worship venues, who would have thought that one of Oxford's alumni three centuries later would become one of the leading Quaker interpreters and ministers of the late 20'h and early 21" centuries? Having experienced a number of faith traditions in his earlier years,John Punshon actually joined the Friends movement while at Oxford. A lover of Newman and the aesthetic spirituality of the Oxford Movement, and having experienced the biblical vitality of his grandfather's rural Baptist church during the Second World War, John came to appreciate the simplicty of Quaker worship during his Oxford years, and his life has been given to interpreting that faith in practice ever since.


Originally published in The Brazen Nose, volume 51 (2016-2017), pages 237-240.

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