About Faith and Freedom
Faith and Freedom is put on by the Providence Forum in conjunction with the National Bible City project. The National Bible Association has declared Philadelphia to be its Bible City for 2009, and one way that we are celebrating is by highlighting the historical importance that the Bible has had on the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia, established by William Penn in 1682, was named from the one of the seven cities from Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Penn was a quaker minister, and wanted to establish the city as a safe haven for all, after being imprisoned in England for his faith. Many of the people who came to the city were from religious backgrounds that were persecuted in their respective countries, including Mennonites, Amish, Catholics, and Jews.
Philadelphia has a rich history that started in its beginnings, through the American Revolution to the modern day. To learn more about the people and places that have affected the religious freedom and the faith both in the city and throughout the country, visit the "Map our Freedom" section of this website.