Full Name: Religious Society of Friends
Founded: Great Britain, 1647
Founder: George Fox
Derivation of Full Name: Jesus said, "You are my friends if you do what I command you" (Christian scripture, John 15:14).
Derivation of Common Name (Quakers): Intended as an insult to George Fox by a judge during one of his blasphemy trials, it was gladly accepted by Fox and other Friends, who reminded people to, "tremble at the word of the Lord."
Adherents: 300,000 worldwide, concentrated in the United States, United Kingdom, and Kenya
Ranking: About 22nd
Texts: Bible-based; also recognizes wisdom in sacred literature of all faiths
Clergy: None; however, an individual congregation may choose to have paid religious leadership
Imagery: In the 19th-century and earlier, Quaker plain dress served as an image of the Quaker faith (see this style worn by the man depicted on the Quaker Oats (TM) oatmeal boxes).
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Last updated on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
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