Elizabeth Fry and ‘Reading’
A Quaker minister, Elizabeth Fry is famous for her work as a prison reformer. Central to this work, however, was scriptural reading as a key component in the rehabilitation of prisoners. For Fry, the Bible was such a foundational document that it was for her simply ‘reading’. She was a promoter of the work of the British and Foreign Bible Society and responded to a wide variety of social needs by commending scriptural reading. While the Society of Friends has often been viewed as less committed to the authority of Scripture than many other Protestant denominations, this case study does not bear out such an assumption.
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