Quakerism: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history and diverse approaches and ideas associated with the Religious Society of Friends. This small religion incorporates a wide geographic spread and varied beliefs that range from evangelical Christians to non-theists. Topics covered include:

    • Quaker values in action
    • The first generations of Quakerism
    • Quakerism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
    • Belief and activism
    • Worship and practice
    • Quakerism around the world
    • The future of Quakerism.

With helpful features including suggested readings, timelines, a glossary, and a guide to Quakers in fiction, this book is an ideal starting point for students and scholars approaching Quakerism for the first time as well as those interested in deepening their understanding.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Lives led by the spirit

Action grounded in faith

chapter 2|24 pages

A danger to the nation

The first generations of Quakerism in the seventeenth century

chapter 3|31 pages

A peculiar and contradictory people

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

chapter 5|28 pages

A secret power among them

Worship and practice

chapter 6|25 pages

Ministry, mission, and testimony

chapter 7|15 pages

Convergence or purity

Being a Quaker in the twenty-first century