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What do Quakers believe in?

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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

for worship.

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
  • peace
  • 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

of God'.

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.

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