|Full name||A new and literal translation of all the books of the Old and New Testament; with notes critical and explanatory|
|Complete Bible published||1764|
|show Genesis 1:1–3 show John 3:16|
Simplicity, peace , integrity , community, equality , and stewardship —core Quaker values referred to as the SPICES—permeate the education and atmosphere at FCS.
Friends record minutes contemporaneously, with each minute written during the meeting for worship for business.
Examples of testimony to truth and integrity Since early in the foundation of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers have refused to take oaths – they say simply “yea” or “nay” to questions rather than swearing or taking an oath.
They spring from deep experience and have been reaffirmed by successive generations of Quakers . These testimonies are to integrity, equality, simplicity, community, stewardship of the Earth, and peace. They arise from an inner conviction and challenge our normal ways of living.
They based their message on the religious belief that ” Christ has come to teach his people himself”, stressing the importance of a direct relationship with God through Jesus Christ , and a direct religious belief in the universal priesthood of all believers.
In 1776, Quakers were prohibited from owning slaves, and 14 years later they petitioned the U.S. Congress for the abolition of slavery. As a primary Quaker belief is that all human beings are equal and worthy of respect, the fight for human rights has also extended to many other areas of society.
They don’t believe in sacraments (either as realities or symbols) or formal liturgies or ceremonies and also refuse to take oaths. Quakers don’t believe in a clergy, they feel that all believers can minister to one another.
Quaker Religion Today Many, but not all, Quakers consider themselves Christians. The Shakers, who were pacifists like the Quakers and Amish, came to America lived in communal settlements and were celibate . Children and other new members joined by adoption or conversion. The Shaker sect has almost died out.
A meeting for worship is a practice of the Religious Society of Friends (or ” Quakers “) in many ways comparable to a church service. The query is most of the time based on one of the Quaker testimonies. Meeting will then sit in silence for varying amounts of time, but usually from twenty minutes to an hour and a half.
Quakers do not have specific beliefs about what happens after we die, but hope that our spirit lives on in the family and friends we leave behind. Quakers believe that it is important to prepare for their death by writing a Will and recording funeral wishes to make things easier for their families after they die.
As well, holy days (or holidays) were not celebrated at all. This included birthdays , anniversaries, and religious and non-religious holidays. In the Quaker mind, every day of the year was considered holy unto God, not just special days and times.
Most Quakers were opposed to taxes designated specifically for military purposes. Though the official position of the Society of Friends was against any payment of war taxes . A number of Quakers even refused the “mixed taxes .” Up to 500 Quakers were disowned for paying war taxes or joining the army.