The Quakers’ peace activism dates to their earliest days. The following excerpt is from the Declaration of 1660 to Charles II of England.
We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any end or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . . The Spirit of Christ by which we are guided is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing of evil and again to move us into it; and we certainly know and testify to the world that the Spirit of Christ which leads us into all truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the Kingdom of Christ nor for the kingdoms of this world . . . . Therefore, we cannot learn war anymore.
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There is no WAY to peace. Peace IS the way.