Quaker histories over the last century or so have been highly interpretive in their interests and approaches, yielding a number of diverse results as to the character of the early Quaker movement, with varying implications. Obviously, one of the interests in history involves seeking to understand more about the past in order to shed light on the present and the future of the Friends movement itself. What, however, if such an interest is itself misguided? What if the founders of the Friends movement did not seek to start a movement, but rather, were solely invested in something entirely different? In their own terms, the first two generations of Friends were seeking to recover “Basic Christianity” or “Primitive Christianity Revived,” seeking to be “Friends of Jesus” because they claimed to know and carry out his will, as referenced in John 15:14-15.
Anderson, Paul N.
"Primitive Christianity Revived—The Original Quaker Vision,"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 131
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol131/iss1/2