What do Quakers believe in?
Quakers believe that there is something of God in everybody and
that each human being is of unique worth. This is why Quakers value
all people equally, and oppose anything that may harm or threaten
them. They seek religious truth in inner experience, and place
great reliance on conscience as the basis of morality.
They emphasise direct experience of God rather than ritual and
ceremony. They believe that priests and rituals are an unnecessary
obstruction between the believer and God. They integrate religion
and everyday life. They believe God can be found in the middle of
everyday life and human relationships, as much as during a meeting
Among key Quaker beliefs are:
- God is love
- the light of God is in every single person
- a person who lets their life be guided by that light will
achieve a full relationship with God
- everyone can have a direct, personal relationship with God
without involving a priest or minister
- redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven are to be experienced now,
in this world
Quakers work actively to make this a better world. They are
particularly concerned with:
- human rights, based on their belief in equality of all human
- social justice
- freedom of conscience
- environmental issues - Quakers seek to live simply so as to
reduce the burden on the world
- community life
Holy Books Quakers do not regard any book as being the actual 'word
Most Quakers regard the Bible as a very great inspirational book
but they don't see it as the only one, and so they read other books
that can guide their lives. Holy Days Quakers do not celebrate
Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas. Worship Quaker
communal worship consists of silent waiting, with participants
contributing as the spirit moves them. Are Quakers Christian?
Although outsiders usually regard the movement as a Christian
denomination, not all Quakers see themselves as Christians; some
regard themselves as members of a universal religion that (for
historical reasons) has many Christian elements.
Tolerance is part of the Quaker approach to life, so Quakers are
willing to learn from all other faiths and churches.