The Religious Society of the Friends of Truth, often known as Quakers, came into being in the mid-1600s. It was part of an explosion of religious groups that occurred because of the democritization of knowledge after the invention of the printing press. The availability of Christian Bibles allowed anyone who could read to consider his relationship to God, Christ and religious establishments. Quakerism was one of the groups that grew out of this evolution/revolution of thought. Although the Society of Friends incorporated some practices that other sects also used, it was unique in many of its beliefs, its structure and how it conducted business. Its success was fostered by the committment and evangalism of its members and by the charismatic teachings and bold, tireless travels of its founder, George Fox and others.
Meg Lytton, 5/14/2023