CHRISTADELPHIAN RESEARCH

An exhaustive and authoritative investigation into the Christadelphians with links from their own sources as well as insights from former members. Complete examination of their history, organisation, theology, practices, and the challenges they face.

Christadelphian Sites

General Sites

The ChristadelphiansRECOMMENDED!!

This is a site which is fairly representative of mainstream Christadelphians and how they would present themselves today.

The AntipasRECOMMENDED!!

This site is maintained by someone from one of the very small breakaway Christadelphian groups.  It is a good resource site for anyone wanting to research the historical basis of the community and has a huge amount of historical writings that are unmodified.

Ecclesial Website PortalRECOMMENDED!!

This listing of Christadelphian websites is very comprehensive hence its recommended tag.  However it is not fully representative of the community.  It lists predominantly conservative Christadelphian websites that are representative of its historical Western base.  It does not have links connected to the preaching of Duncan Heaster and the growing third world membership.  Although not accepted by many these elements contain a high percentage now of those calling themselves Christadelphian and becoming the mainstream.  It cannot therefore validly claim the label of official.

The Truth Will Set You FreeRECOMMENDED!!

An interesting weblog addressed mainly to Christadelphians.  Its stated purpose is to appeal to them to take a fresh look at what the Gospel is all about.  Quite a few historical posts.

We Live By The SpiritRECOMMENDED!!

Site containing some articles about legalism and faith, the Holy Spirit, the role of women and where the community is headed today that may be of interest.

One VoiceWAS COMPREHENSIVE SITE, SEEMS DEFUNCT!!

The limitation of roles for women in the Christadelphian community is a growing area of controversy today.  Some believe that the questioning is a result of changes in the roles of women in society today and “women’s lib,” others such as this site contend that the limitation of roles is not scriptural itself. 

Evolutionary Creationism - A Christadelphian PerspectiveRECOMMENDED!

A site with detailed articles suggesting Christadelphians should embrace evolution and have no reason to fear it would destroy their beliefs.  This is not a mainstream view, but is one increasingly being raised by a growing minority of Christadelphians. Sometimes this does lead to disfellowshipping, although there is nothing specifically in the statements of faith forbidding this belief.

The Berea ForumRECOMMENDED!!

A forum with detailed articles by Christadelphians who advocate that the community should embrace the theory of evolution.  In doing so, they suggest a non literal rendering of Genesis and other parts of the Bible they see as in conflict with modern science.  This is not so strange as it might seem once we appreciate the rationalistic origins of the community lie in the period known as the “Age of Enlightenment” and the role that has taken in formulating Christadelphian beliefs.  This has resulted in the denial of many supernatural elements in the New Testament in particular. This cognitive bias explains to some degree their unique interpretations of the Bible  and informs their view of the Holy Spirit, the devil and demons and is dealt with in our article on the supernatural.

Hear, Believe, ActNEW, COMPREHENSIVE!!

A site hosting an indepth discussion paper on domestic abuse within the “brotherhood” and various resources.

David Brown’s Website

A site written by a Christadelphian who suggests the community should adopt evolution as God’s method of creation since the scientific evidence is overwhelming.  Promotes an altered view of Biblical inspiration and suggests that Genesis should not be taken as a literal account of events.  Suggests God has “two words,” the Bible and the physical world we live in and the two cannot contradict each other.

Christadelphian Care

A Christadelphian site set up to explore care issues which historically have tended to be overlooked and treated as though they do not exist within the community.

Christadelphian Hymnody

A thesis written on Christadelphian music, its forms and history.

50 Years a Christadelphian

A Christadelphian reminiscing over his 50 years as a Christadelphian.

Christadelphian Introduction Service

Huge numbers of Christadelphians have difficulty finding partners, much being due to rules about only marrying in the faith and large distances between congregations sometimes.  This site offers a service for Christadelphians and also clarifies for those outside normal Christadelphian views.

A History of The Christadelphians in Eastern EuropeLINK NOT WORKING!!

Worth a read by anyone wanting to consider how the Christadelphian community may evolve.  Written by Duncan Heaster who has been instrumental in growth of the movement in Eastern Europe and who has been controversial in the community being supported by some elements and considered out of fellowship by others.

The Nazarene Fellowship

The Christadelphians have their own view on the nature of Christ which historically has included the belief that Jesus died not just for everyone else as a Saviour but he had to die in order to save himself too.  This isn’t found anywhere in the Bible, but is a necessary consequence of their beliefs about the nature of man, human freewill and the belief that God’s Spirit is simply his power.  Although the Trinity is dismissed as illogical, Christadelphian theology has its own particular theological difficulties.  The emphasis is on Christ as a man who has to be exactly like us in nature else he would not have any association with human attempts to overcome sin.  Since they don’t believe in the Holy Spirit indwelling, his sinlessness is hard to explain.  The normal explanation is that he had the “word of God” or the words of the Bible in his mind and through will power he applied them to overcome every sinful thought, word and action.  This has not always resonated with human experience and led to some re-evaluations by some members and what was called “the clean flesh” idea.  Those who adopted it came to be called Renunciationists by the mainstream, although it is claimed in return that the early position was rigidified by Robert Roberts.  This has always led to complex debates and what is meant by the use of certain words.

This is a website by those who would agree with many of the early questions raised by the dissenters, but who otherwise hold Christadelphian beliefs.  Such positions do have sympathy from many in the main community, although interest in the nature of Christ and debate over it have largely declined.

They have a Facebook page here here.

Lively Stones Collective

Lively Stones is a collaboration of various Christadelphian initiatives across the world.  They have completed a survey of the Christadelphians.

Magazines

The Bible MagazineRECOMMENDED!!

A high quality magazine principally devoted to interpreting modern events as fulfilling Bible prophecy, leading to a European Federal State with a Roman Catholic agenda.  Anticipates historical Christadelphians scenarios of a Russian invasion of Israel and the Return of Christ.  Looks at esoteric meanings behind events, symbols and architecture, both current and historic.  Produces many videos also on this topic.

The Gospel News MagazineRECOMMENDED!!

A magazine which focuses on people, preaching and situations as well as basic Christadelphian theology.  Used in a widespread manner overseas and connected to Carelinks and the preaching efforts of Duncan Heaster.

The Christadelphian

Historically the main magazine of the community with the editor assuming an important role of guidance.  It is now one of many magazines, although in the UK in particular news of baptisms and changes of circumstance are reported.  It has moved to a less contentious position today than historically marking the change of the community from that of a reforming movement to that of an established denomination.

Logos

Once very widely read and regarded as a stalwart defender of historical Christadelphian positions.

The Bible Magazine

A high quality magazine principally devoted to interpreting modern events as fulfilling Bible prophecy, leading to a European Federal State with a Roman Catholic agenda.  Anticipates historical Christadelphians scenarios of a Russian invasion of Israel and the Return of Christ.  Looks at esoteric meanings behind events, symbols and architecture, both current and historic.  Produces many videos also on this topic.

The Endeavour

A difficulty that many Christadelphians have faced is that there is little freedom to discuss many aspects of doctrine and faith without facing the real possibility of disfellowship.  This magazine was produced by liberal Christadelphians originally to enable that.  It was seen as a threat several years ago, but as an agent of change and open discussion has largely been supplanted by the internet.

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