Differing views of the nature and authority of Scripture were at the heart of the Hicksite Separation of 1827-1828 among American Friends. Mter the separation, the Bible became a source of conflict among Hicksites. Some Hicksite leaders feared anything that tended to diminish the authority of the Bible; other Hicksites argued for a critical view. By 1870, the liberals had the upper hand, as virtually all Hicksite Quakers came to share views of the Bible, including a sympathy for critical scholarship, that mirrored the modernist movement among Protestants.
Hamm, Thomas D.
"'A Protest against Protestantism': Hicksite Friends and the Bible in the Nineteenth Century,"
Quaker Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/quakerstudies/vol6/iss2/4