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Penn's Landing

Located at the intersection of Market Street and Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

Penn’s first landing in Pennsylvania was actually some miles to the south of Philadelphia in the city of Chester. However, his arrival is commemorated in Philadelphia because this is the city that was named by Penn before it was “born.” Philadelphia finds its name in Revelation 3:7. The name Philadelphia literally means “the city of brotherly love.” This reflects Penn’s hope that religious liberty would prevail and that no one would ever be persecuted for his or her faith in his city, like he had been in London for his Quaker faith.

Penn was converted to the Quaker faith when he heard London street preacher Thomas Loe preaching on 1 John 5:4-5, “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (NIV). The preacher asked, “There is a faith that is overcome by the world, and there’s a faith that overcomes the world. Which is yours?” Penn determined to have a faith that would overcome the world, and indeed it did. His faith and pursuit of religious liberty made a permanent impact on our Constitution as seen in our Constitution’s first amendment that guarantees religious liberty.