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The Quakers in English Society, 1655-1725$
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Adrian Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208204.001.0001

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Gospel Order

Gospel Order

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This chapter focuses on the notion of a disciplinary process or ‘Gospel Order’. Gospel Order had existed since the early years of the movement but it was not extensive and not organized. The crucial step in empowering the Society to police members' behaviour more effectively was the intervention of George Fox. He urged the creation of a network of particular, monthly, and quarterly meetings in the late 1660s. The consensus among historians is that the main aim of Quaker discipline was to maintain the reputation of the Society.

Keywords:   Gospel Order, disciplinary process, George Fox, meetings, Quaker discipline

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