Quakers, Friendship and Peace

…so it is strange that men, made after the image of God, should have so much degenerated, that they rather bear the image and nature of roaring lions … and raging boars, than of rational creatures imbued with reason.

Robert Barclay, Apology

Born in the crucible of rapid change and social upheaval that characterized seventeenth-century England, the Quakers arose in a world of fiercely polemical politics and violence. Within this charged political and social atmosphere, George Fox (1624-1691), the founder and charismatic leader of the Quakers, boldly asserted that members of the Society of Friends (another name for the Quakers) would no longer participate in warfare. Fox believed that war was the product of lust and that the adoption of carnal weapons in the pursuit of earthly desires was an act outside the perfection that Christ demanded of his followers. The Quaker's spirit of pacifism and friendship - which continues to this day - was carried to America where it was manifested in equitable relations with the native peoples.
Canadian Heritage Information Network, The Provincial Museum of Alberta,

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