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Quakers/Society of Friends
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[German Version]

I. Name and Origin

1. Foundation.

The Religious Society of Friends, more often referred to by the pejorative nickname “Quakers,” emerged from the throes of the English Revolution (1642–1660; England: III, 1.d). Led by G. Fox, the movement grew from its leader’s conviction that none of the churches of the day were willing to reject over 1,600 years of apostasy and recapture “primitive Christianity.” Following four years of searching from 1…

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Ingle, H. Larry, “Quakers/Society of Friends”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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