Quaker Myth Busters

Quakers are Christian

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USUALLY Quakerism started as a Christian denomination. The name “Religious Society of Friends” comes from Jesus saying to the Apostles “I have called you friends” (John 15:15). Most Quakers around the world are Christian, and most would tell you that Jesus is the Word (John 1:14). Conservative Friends would say that they are “Christ-centric”.

There is, however, a subset of Liberal Friends who regard Jesus as an enlightened teacher whose example should be followed rather than a saviour or deity.

Depending on whether you define a Christian as someone who believes in atonement through Jesus’ death or as someone who follows Jesus’ teachings, varying numbers of Quakers would meet your definition.