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Satan the Devil
The following book was submitted by a site visitor and is a comprehensive and well thought refutation of the Christadelphian belief that references to Satan, the Devil and demons are simply personificiations of human nature and mental illness:
- SATAN THE DEVIL (S. WRIGHT)
For the sake of comparison we include a link to a site which is a well compiled and comprehensive presentation of the Christadelphian position. This is the second version, updated February 2014:
- THE REAL DEVIL (DUNCAN HEASTER)
My own thoughts are found in a section called Denial of the Supernatural and are brief. I believe the early Christians did believe in a spirit devil and spirit demons and it was not simply a belief in the personification of human nature. This is the simplest way to read the relevant passages. I would suggest the Christadelphian position is a rationalisation which has an appeal due to the worldview presented by modern science. The creative influence behind this interpretation owes its origins to a period called “The Age of Enlightenment.” This is incidentally how it was seen by contemporary critics of John Thomas who often referred to his beliefs as “materialism.”
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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)