C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
Links to Sources of Books and Publications
The History of the Christadelphians RECOMMENDED BUT EXPENSIVE!!
A scholarly work by a Christadelphian, Andrew Wilson, exploring the progression of the community from a loose affiliation of people attracted to the teachings of John Thomas to an established denomination in the period 1864-1885 through the development of a creedal system of organisation and the personality and influence held by Robert Roberts.
Comprehensive and well researched.
This link is provided because a former Christadelphian who became an evangelical Christian has written three easily readable books. These are “From Christadelphianism to Christ,” “The Rise of the Cults” and “Unmasking Christadelphianism - The Hopelessness of the Hope.” Highly recommended!
An area which has always been controversial in Christadelphian circles has been the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. The historical view has been that the only source of knowledge of God is in the Bible and the Holy Spirit is only available in the believer through his intake of the Bible as a “spirit-Word.”
This book was written by Edgar Wille, a Christadelphian who subsequently left the movement and it is written with Christadelphian sensitivities in mind. Examines all the passages in the New Testament on this subject and their importance in relation to the New Covenant. Available for download free or posted at a small cost.
This site advocates for a return to the Pioneer Christadelphian positions. It has been included for those who would like to read books by the founders of the Christadelphians.
Christadelphian Online Books
Books By Doctor John Thomas
Elpis IsraelRECOMMENDED!!: the initial book that defined the beliefs of John Thomas
following his Confession and Abjuration of his former beliefs, his rebaptism and his
first major preaching campaign to Britain.
- 1851 First US Edition - unfortunately we lack a link to the original 1848 UK edition.
- Fourth Edition of Elpis Israel - this was the last edition edited by John Thomas before his death
- Fifteenth Edition of Elpis Israel
Phanerosis: a complex book written expounding the views of John Thomas on the nature
of God manifestation and his rejection of the Trinity.
Chronikon Hebraikon: chronology of the Bible.
Eureka: an exposition of the book of Revelation in three volumes.
Books by Robert Roberts
First edition of Christendom AstrayRECOMMENDED!!: The 1884 edition in pdf format.
A polemical work written to prove all of Christianity in error.
- Fourth Edition of Christendom Astray: (NOT FREE) Has a chapter called "Signs and Times: or evidence that the end is Near" removed because it sought to prove using scripture Christ would return and the new millenial age would start by 1910 at the latest and it never happened.
Dr Thomas, His Life and Works: a biography.
My Days and My Ways: an autobiography by Robert Roberts.
Books by Alan Eyre
The following books were the result of historical research by Alan Eyre to find people with
the same beliefs as Christadelphians prior to John Thomas. Whilst finding some groups and
people with shared doctrinal distinctives (primarily following the Protestant Reformation), it
created some false impressions. This was revealed comprehensively through a later scholarly
examination by Ruth McHaffie discussed in the Changing Explanations section.
Wrested Scriptures: book written to teach Christadelphians a methodology on how to answer
"the difficult verses" that they are confronted with in discussions with Christians from other
Bible BasicsRECOMMENDED!!: a book designed to present a basic (in Christadelphian
terms) systematic theology of their beliefs. Widely used internationally, particularly by
The Seventh Woman: A novel by Duncan Heaster about the Christadelphians which may
ReformationRECOMMENDED!!: written to try and deal with what Harry saw as practical
failures of the community and worldliness he saw creeping in.
The Holy Spirit and the Believer Today: A Christadelphian study on the Holy Spirit that was
somewhat controversial in that its conclusions recognised the need for the Holy Spirit today
in the believer that have generally been denied by the community.
Christadelphian AnswersRECOMMENDED!!: Written in 1920 this book illustrates some big
changes in how the community views the world or the larger society and how the community
has become far less puritanical in outlook.
Without the CampRECOMMENDED!!: The story of why and how the Christadelphians in
Britain were exempted from fighting in World War 1. Written in 1917.
VIEW THE MIND MAP
PAGE VISITS FROM 16/09/13
THE TRINITY HURDLE
NOVEL: HOLY BIBLE
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)