Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.
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There are around 210,000 Quakers in the world. Some do and some don’t consider themselves Christian.
Quakers are actively involved in social and political issues. They believe in pacifism and non-violence and have been very influential in terms of human rights reform throughout history, for instance in the case of the abolition of slavery. Tolerance is part of the Quaker approach to life, so Quakers are willing to learn from all other faiths and churches. They are strong advocates for social justice, peace, freedom of conscience environmental issues and community life.
They have been long time advocates for all equality. "Quakerism took on certain characteristics such as simplicity in the manner of living, encouraging women to be ministers, spiritual democracy in meeting, absolute adherence to truth, universal peace and brotherhood regardless of sex, class, nation, or race."