George Fox dismissed theologians as "notionists," and modern Quakers are generally little concerned with theology, and are more concerned with acting in accord with the leading of the Spirit.
Many Quakers feel their faith does not fit within traditional Christian categories of Roman Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant, but is an expression of another way of experiencing God.
The Peace Testimony has not always been well received in the world; on many occasions Friends have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in military activities - many conscientious objectors have been Quakers.
Accordingly, individual Quakers may develop individual religious beliefs arising from their personal conscience and revelation coming from "God within"; further, Quakers feel compelled to live by such individual religious beliefs and inner revelations.
Notable among the Plymouthists who were former Quakers included John Elliot Howard of Tottenham and Robert Mackenzie Beverley.
The ability to "see the light" or see "that of God in everyone" enables Quakers to cast aside more superficial differences and focus on the spiritual elements which connect all people.
According to Fox's journal, Bennet "called us Quakers because we bid them tremble at the word of God", a scriptural reference (e.g., Isaiah 66:2, Ezra 9:4).
Quakers have historically expressed a preference for guidance by the Spirit over knowledge derived from logic or systematic theology.
Today, Evangelical Quakers believe the Bible is authoritative, for the Bible was inspired by God's Spirit and this belief is affirmed in the "Richmond Declaration.
The Testimonies are not a formal, static set of words, but rather a shared view of how many Quakers relate to God and the world.
Throughout their history, Quakers have founded organizations for many causes they felt are in keeping with their faith.
The "Big Five" animals of Africa—the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant—can be found in Kenya.
Today, Quakers have a wide variety of views and beliefs, and they still place a strong emphasis on direct experience of God, for everyone.
Quakers hold a strong sense of spiritual egalitarianism, including a belief in the spiritual equality of the sexes.
George Fox and the other early Quakers believed that direct experience of God was available to all people, without mediation.
Other Quakers, partly under the influence of movements such as liberal Protestantism, decided that it was possible to be truly led in ways contrary to scripture, and that in such cases scripture be secondary.