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George Fox, founder of the Quakers, was depicted on an Irish postage in 2004George Fox, founder of the Quakers, was depicted on an Irish postage stamp in 2004.


The Religious Society of Friends, a Christian Church, was founded in the mid-17th century. The founder, George Fox, believed that each person could experience communion with God for themselves, without a need for mediation by clergy or others.

The Christian Bible is the key holy book of the movement, which shares the principal beliefs of other traditions of Christianity .

The term Quaker, now commonly used and accepted by the movement, was originally a nickname, referring to George Fox's guidance to 'tremble at the name of the Lord'. Members are referred to as Friends within the community.

The Religious Society of Friends has a worldwide membership of 370,000, with much diversity in religious opinion and practice.