John Bevans

A Defence of the Christian Doctrines of the Society of Friends


John Bevans
   - A Defence of the Christian Doctrines of the Society of Friends

Excerpt from A Defence of the Christian Doctrines of the Society of Friends: Against the Charge of Socinianism; And Its Church Discipline Vindicated; To Which Is Prefixed a Letter to John Strictures on the Eighth and Ninth Editions of That Work

There doth not exist a religious Society that has been more calumniated either 'through prejudice, 'passion, or interest,' than that of the Friends, usually denominated Quakers. The most contradictory appellations have been given to them, without the least regard to truth, but as they best suited the designs of their adversaries; thus they have been, at different periods, represented as Papilts, and Deists, Jesuits, and Socinians, Anabaptists, Ranters, Fanatics, Enthusiasts, Blasphemers. And now the old charge of Socinianism, under the new name of Unitarianism, is revived against our first Friends; and an abdication of their primitive Christian principles, and intolerance towards those who advocate such principles, are the accusations preferred against their succeffors; because they firmly resist all attempts to impose upon the Society such unfound doctrine for genuine Christianity.

The following pages are designed to defend our Society from these new charges and calumnies, that have been circulated respecting its Christian principles, and conduct, in a case that came before the yearly meeting of 1So1; in cetain publications, viz.

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