Quakers, life is a sacrament

Miscellaneous AlexCapownt August 8, 2016 0 0
The Society of Friends ?? ??, as the Quakers are sometimes called, formed in 1649 in England. The Quakers were a non-dogmatic, non-conformist and liberal church in the 17th century. George Fox was their charismatic and pioneering founder.


  • George Fox, the beginning of the Quaker
  • What believed George Fox
  • Margaret Fell, William Penn and James Naylor
  • Quakers and Friends
  • Persecution of the Quakers
  • Services and belief of the Quakers
  • Nobel

George Fox, the beginning of the Quaker

Fox grew up in the 17th century England. A confusing time for the country. Economic and social unrest plus a church which had to find its way yet. It was the England of Cromwell and the ?? new ?? Anglican church. George Fox was deeply religious but could not find his niche in the church. Fox came to the conclusion that the real belief was only possible through a direct communication with Christ. This was quite revolutionary. When the emphasis is on personal communication between man and Christ, his church buildings and priests no longer needed. Precisely the conclusion reached by Fox as well.
Fox goes wandering preacher and soon gets a group of supporters. This call themselves ?? ?? Society of Friends, the Society of Friends. The name Quakers were adopted later more or less unofficially.

What believed George Fox

In every human being there is an element of the divine, he called it the seed of Christ ?? ??. This gives everyone the potential to make contact with Christ. He also believed that allow people the messages of Christ were to interpret correctly. This belief of Fox had major consequences. Priests and church buildings were unnecessary. Rituals, sacraments and services did not function. Everyone is equal. Men and women are equal but Fox also turned against slavery. Monitoring and listen to ?? the Inward Light ?? would eventually bring people to personal development and perfection.
The first Quakers met in silence. Only when someone wanted to explain the silence was broken something. There were no rules for the meeting. The Quakers refused military service, explained their hat not as a sign of respect. Music was despised and they fought for better living conditions in prisons. People lived virtuous and simple.

Margaret Fell, William Penn and James Naylor

Swarthmore Hall George Fox met Margaret Fell in 1652 on the estate Swarthmore Hall. Margaret is impressed by Fox and persuades her husband to give Fox a space on the property for meetings ?? ??. Nearly 11 years later married George and Margaret, after Thomas Fell was deceased in 1658. Swart Morehall became the center of the first Quakers. Margaret is also called the mother ?? ?? said the Friends.
William Penn gets into a student involved in the movement of the Friends ?? ??. A part of his life he will have to spend in prison. In 1681 King Charles II gave Penn a piece of land in the US, he used it to create a Quaker community. William Penn thus became the founder of the State of Pennsylvania.
Then James Naylor, at least as enthusiastic as George Fox but got a smaller role in the Quaker history. James Naylor believed as Fox in the concept of the 'Inner Light' and ended up as Fox in prison for that conviction. After his release from prison, he put on a donkey to Bristol. The link was with Jesus of Nazareth church men clear and again he was tackled hard. Incidentally, the Quaker community was also embarrassed by this action. Naylor repented and lived the remainder of his life as a brave 'Friend'.

Quakers and Friends

Fox was frequently arrested by the police because he ?? blasphemous ?? had used language. He disrupted church services to convince churchgoers of his faith in the Inward Light ?? ??. Like many Quakers Fox was often in court. During a court hearing arose the name Quaker. The name is derived from the verb ?? to ?? quake, tremor / tremble. Fox told the judge that he should tremble at the judgment of the Lord. When the judge asked whether he was a Quaker ?? ?? was. As soon as the name was a kind of badge of honor.
It is sometimes called a second explanation for the name. The question of the judge was not going to shake hey BC. During meetings, the Quakers were so swoon that she went into a kind of trance tremble.
The name was adopted by Society of Friends Quakers themselves. This name was derived from John 15: 12-16.
 In the early days were sometimes used the name Children of the Light and Friends of the Truth. In the Netherlands, and the name ?? Society of Friends ?? used but also the name Quakers. Members are therefore called Friends ?? ?? or Quakers.

Persecution of the Quakers

The life of the first Quakers was not easy. Members of the community were severely punished and often ended up in jail. Some might not work in the civil service and the universities were trespassing. Many Quakers were therefore more or less forced to build their own business.
The Quakers were certainly in the beginning a strong missionary zeal and diplomatically they were not always. They disrupted services of the established church. Next to the church were also addressed various political leaders. Even the Chinese emperor was sent letters.

Services and belief of the Quakers

Third Haven Meeting House in Maryland The belief that in every man an inner light ?? ?? is means that God is in every human being and therefore accessible to everyone. The meetings have no rules and predecessors. There are many silences, only when someone has something to tell the silence is interrupted.
Ostentation as the Quakers say nothing about the bond between Christ and man. Sacraments are there but more personal than general. All of life is a sacrament. Quakers are ecumenical, everyone has the right to explore and experience in its own way and worship Christ.
Much of what George Fox envisioned continued over the years to exist. Simplicity, virtue, help for those able to use the help and pacifism. Within the community are several directions, from strict ascetic to liberal. For the 'Friends' is not a problem. The services that Fox had in mind were, in some countries are now ministers accompanying services.


In 1947 the Quakers receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The price was for the work that the Friends ?? ?? had taken before and during WWII. Many Quakers had been given during the last war the US government permission to complete the conscription differently. Care for soldiers wounded or not, supervising prisoners and the care of orphans was arrested by the Quakers. But the price was certainly a tribute to the activities of the peace movement.