Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends
Quakers are members of a group with Christian roots that began in England in the 1650s. The formal title of the movement is the Society of Friends or the Religious Society of Friends.
Their founder was George Fox (1624-1691) of Leicestershire, England. Fox never intended to form a denomination, but rather tried to take belief and believers back to the original and pure form of Christianity. He was a religious activist who traveled around the country on a spiritual quest. Fox was imprisoned eight times for sharing views that annoyed the religious and political establishments of his time.
Refusal by the Quakers to take oaths or take their hats off before a magistrate, and their insistence on holding banned meetings in public, led to 6,000 Quakers being imprisoned between 1662 and 1670. The Quakers suffered for years from whippings, torture and imprisonment.
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