Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in 17th century England, with this free online course. When you think of the Quakers, it might bring to mind porridge oats, or pacifism, or perhaps prison reform. But there is much much more to the Quakers than any of these things. Through this course, we will be finding out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.
We will explore the beginnings of Quakerism and this critical piece of religious history of a group who gathered around a radical and outspoken spiritual message that was to change the face of 1650s England, and has since remained a distinctive part of the religious landscape.
What will you achieve?
- Develop an understanding of the civil war context of the beginnings of Quakerism
- Engage with the key ideas of George Fox and the early Quakers
- Explore the mode and content of early Quaker writing
- Reflect on the consequences of key Quaker theological ideas
- Assess the importance of the location of the beginnings of Quakerism
- Develop an understanding of Quaker history after 1652