Christian Traditions Tree – Missing Quakers

Ben from Open Switch has posted a family tree which covers the majority of Christian traditions, though unfortunately it leaves out the Quakers? It’s a great visual aid that can help you understand the flow between the various groups, and important dates to know. I can see why Ben would have a poster of this on his wall, very helpful.

About the Quakers, it’s interesting to think about where they would be placed on the map due to the layout of the tree. Quakers are most inline with Anabaptist theology and practice, and are certainly considered part of the Radical Reformation tradition but George Fox and other early leaders broke off from the Anglican church to get the movement going. So on the one hand Anglicanism is where many came from but we certainly would think of it as an influence on the movement at all, but with Anabaptism there is no known direct link between Quakers and the Mennonites but the ‘influence’ and similarities are vast.

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Published by Wess Daniels

Teacher, author, Quaker, ​and public theologian. Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College.

7 thoughts on “Christian Traditions Tree – Missing Quakers

  1. Yes Robin, you’re absolutely correct, but as I understand (I could be wrong here), the puritans were a group of reformers within the Anglican church who broke away. But either way the puritans aren’t on the list. I am going to have to look into this a bit more I see.

  2. I’ve read that George Fox’s uncle was a ‘baptist’ and had influence on his thinking. I was told that that in that time and context (1630/40s?) this meant German-influence anabaptism, so there’s a direct link between Fox and the anabaptist movement.

  3. I think the original reference to the baptist uncle may be in Fox’s Journal? And maybe Doug Gwyn, Tim Peat/Ashworth or ben Pink Dandelion provided the interpretation, because I got most of my Quaker studies with them. Apologies for not having a precise recollection.

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