Quakers and the Jesus of History
Early Friends sought to recapture Jesus' original message, to return to "primitive Christianity." the Jesus scholars conclude, that instead of a single, early Christianity there were multiple early Christianities in different communities: Jewish and gentile. The Christianities that survived, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, were not necessarily closest to Jesus' vision. From the beginning Friends behaved as if the Kingdom of God had already arrived. As Fox said, "Christ has come to teach his people himself." God is within, and we answer that of God by trying to live in the Kingdom of God.