The Quakers, From Their Origin Till the Present Time: An International History

by John Cunningham


Although the term Quaker was popular at the time, the official, formal name is the Religious Society of Friends. The movement arose in the mid-17th century in England. By the time John Cunningham first wrote this work in 1867, interest and believers in the faith had spread around the world.

John Cunningham (1819-1893) studied divinity at Glasgow University and also Edinburgh University. After his studies, the Church of Scotland gave him a license to preach. For over 41 years, since 1845, Cunningham served as the minister at Crieff Parish Church. Cunningham also wrote several papers on religious themes, including Popery and Scotch Episcopacy Compared (1849), New Theory of Knowing and Known (1874) and The Religion of Love (1880).

While Cunningham was an esteemed theologist, earning and being awarded multiple doctorates, he became most well known for winning “the Crieff Organ Case” which gave him the right to install an organ in his church. Prior to this, instrumental music was not allowed in church.

This new edition is dedicated to the Friends meeting in Washington D.C., home to many good causes.