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George 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.