This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions. It examines the extent to which Friends in Essex conformed to the pattern of the development of the sect described by Quaker historians and others who have studied the evolution of sectarian groups. It studies the social consequences of religious belief. It concludes that Quakers were not marginal and isolated people. Indeed, the sect had a big impact not only upon members, but more widely by encouraging a greater tolerance of diversity in early modern society.
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