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Links to Sites and Articles with Historical Christadelphian Interest
This is an article written by a member of the Restoration Movement that the founder of the Christadelphians, Dr John Thomas, initially joined. It is interesting because many of the reasons he raised are ones that are still raised today and it shows the contemporary basis of some objections. Also references some of his plagiarism.
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Expensive but comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to research the Christadelphian movement using their own written documents.
The founder of the Christadelphians, John Thomas, initially joined a movement which started in America called today the Restoration Movement. It was non creedal and promoted unity on the basis of “scripture alone.” It has huge archives of material, some of which includes information about the disputes involving John Thomas and material he published prior to leaving them.
From the archives of the Restoration Movement John Thomas initially joined. Interesting to note some things such as the reference to his belief that “infants, idiots and heathen” not being saved which is found today in the Christadelphian Statement of Faith. Also his assertion that the “Spirit of God does not operate on any person apart from the word written.”
A condensed description of how John Thomas came to be viewed by the Restoration Movement.
Many Christadelphians today claim brethren from amongst the historical Anabaptists. Here is an interesting article by a Mennonite (who have direct proven descent) and why he believed they were such a potent force in Europe that in fact caused many to flee to America.
An interesting chart of the family tree of many denominations established in America in the nineteenth century, including the Christadelphians. Be patient, as it can take a while to load up.
This site has information on the movement the Christadelphians came from, plus related denominations.
John Thomas the founder of the Christadelphians was trained in medicine and wrote some articles for this magazine. They are listed here. Registering is free, but they only give an outline. Can be purchased for $31.50 each.
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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)