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Evolution and the Bible

Posted by Timothy Woodall on June 20, 2013 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (35)

There is an increasing desire by a number of Christadelphians (and indeed other Christians) to accept evolution and harmonise it with their beliefs.   They believe as a theory it is validated by science.  In some cases proponents have been disfellowshipped.   Historically the belief is not part of the defined statements of faith, although a few congregations have unilaterally added it to their "doctrines to be rejected" without first getting the support of the whole c...

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The Progressive Nature of The Bible

Posted by Timothy Woodall on May 15, 2013 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (3)

One of the big challenges for former members of any highly exclusive group, whether it is the Christadelphians, the Jehovahs Witnesses, the Exclusive Brethren or one of the countless other similar groups is reorientating oneself to living outside them.   I understand this from personal experience.  This is particularly true for those brought up within such movements because they lack a prior form of reference.  It is why many people who leave often try and...

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Christadelphian Quotes

You lay a great stress upon facts throughout your letters, and are incessant in your demand that I should attend to them. This is good; but facts have to be rightly put together, and then you must have all the facts. I do not think you put the facts rightly together, and you leave out some, I am sure.

(Robert Roberts, a Christadelphian Pioneer, quoted

by Ruth McHaffie in Brethren Indeed)

The Spirit of liberty, based upon the law of faith, is the Spirit of Christ; and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess, and having it, to breathe. I claim the right of exercising this privilege, as well as my contemporaries; and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…

(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians, when he was against creeds in 

The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)

(John Thomas, from Apostacy Unveiled, p. 137,

quoted in The Christadelphian Magazine, January 1906)

Must a man never progress? If he discovers an error in his premises, must he for ever hold to it for the sake of consistency? May such a calamity never befall me! Rather let me change every day, till I get right at last.

(from a letter written by John Thomas in 1848, quoted by Robert Roberts, in Dr. Thomas: His Life and Work)

Do what is right; be valiant for the Truth; teach it without compromise, and all lovers of the Truth will approve you. For all others you need not care a rush!

(from a letter written by John Thomas to Robert Roberts and published in The Christadelphian magazine, February 1866)