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  1. Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends, Quakersnoun

    a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers


  1. Quakersnoun

    The Religious Society of Friends.


  1. Quakers

    Quakers are people who belong to a historically Protestant Christian set of denominations known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Members of these movements ("the Friends") are generally united by a belief in each human's ability to experience the light within or see "that of God in every one". Some profess a priesthood of all believers inspired by the First Epistle of Peter. They include those with evangelical, holiness, liberal, and traditional Quaker understandings of Christianity. There are also Nontheist Quakers, whose spiritual practice does not rely on the existence of God. To differing extents, the Friends avoid creeds and hierarchical structures. In 2017, there were an estimated 377,557 adult Quakers, 49% of them in Africa.Some 89% of Quakers worldwide belong to evangelical and programmed branches that hold services with singing and a prepared Bible message coordinated by a pastor. Some 11% practice waiting worship or unprogrammed worship (commonly Meeting for Worship), where the unplanned order of service is mainly silent and may include unprepared vocal ministry from those present. Some meetings of both types have Recorded Ministers present; Friends recognised for their gift of vocal ministry.The proto-evangelical Christian movement dubbed Quakerism arose in mid-17th-century England from the Legatine-Arians and other dissenting Protestant groups breaking with the established Church of England. The Quakers, especially the Valiant Sixty, sought to convert others by travelling through Britain and overseas preaching the Gospel. Some early Quaker ministers were women. They based their message on a belief that "Christ has come to teach his people himself," stressing direct relations with God through Jesus Christ and direct belief in the universal priesthood of all believers. This personal religious experience of Christ was acquired by direct experience and by reading and studying the Bible. Quakers focused their private lives on behaviour and speech reflecting emotional purity and the light of God, with a goal of Christian perfection.Past Quakers were known to use thee as an ordinary pronoun, refuse to participate in war, wear plain dress, refuse to swear oaths, oppose slavery, and practise teetotalism. Some Quakers founded banks and financial institutions, including Barclays, Lloyds, and Friends Provident; manufacturers including the footwear firm of C. & J. Clark and the big three British confectionery makers Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry; and philanthropic efforts, including abolition of slavery, prison reform, and social justice. In 1947, Quakers represented by the British Friends Service Council and the American Friends Service Committee were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.


  1. quakers

    Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, is a Christian religious denomination founded in mid-17th century England. Quakers believe in the doctrine of the "Inner Light," which implies that every individual has direct access to God without the need for mediation by clergy or religious rituals. Therefore, Quaker worship is typically centered on collective silent reflection. Quakers are known for their commitment to pacifism, social equalities, simplicity, and truth. They have historically been involved in issues such as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, social justice, and the equality of women.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quakers

    the Society of Friends (q. v.), so called first by Justice Bennet of Derby, because Fox bade him quake before the Lord.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Quakers

    The origin of this designation of the “Society of Friends” is thus given by George Fox, the founder of the sect in his Journal: “Justice Bennet of Derby was the first to call us ‘Quakers,’ because I bade him quake and tremble at the word of the Lord.” This occurred in 1650.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quakers in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quakers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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