C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
Former Christadelphian Sites
Branson Hopkins, a former Christadelphian has authored three easily readable books. “Unmasking Christadelphianism – The Hopelessness of the Hope” looks at some of the history of the movement and its theological difficulties. “From Christadelphianism to Christ” is an account of his personal journey. The final book, “The Rise of the Cults,” looks in depth at the cultural background of the emergence of the movement and how the period resulted in the start of many other new religious groups. It also details how the various leaders of these movements were influenced and connected to each other.
His site is fairly limited, although it has a good genealogical diagram of connected denominations with shared origins to the Christadelphians.
His books are well worth reading and are published by Jubilee Resources.
There is a rebuttal to the first book which I have linked to so people can do their own assessments.
UPDATE!! New site with Biblical references on the topic of the Holy Spirit and demons, Branson
UPDATE!! New books published: “More than 50 Miracles” and “Old Covenant? Renewed Covenant? or New Covenant!.”
This is probably one of the best sites dealing with Biblical exegesis of Christadelphian doctrine. Described as “opening minds to Jesus Christ” this author produces some excellent and very well researched material on his blog, particularly on the topic of the devil. Clearly many of the New Testament authors in particular did believe in a literal supernatural being and demons and to take on the Christadelphian position makes understanding lots of passages extremely complex. Unlike other Christians who do not believe in the devil or demons Christadelphians do not believe it is simply a case of demythologising the text, but believe the New Testament writers themselves conceived of Satan as merely a symbol of evil and not as a personal being.
He also has a website here which contains a lot more additional material.
Stories of ex-Christadelphians, their experiences and struggles.
Ex-Christadelphian Voice of ReasonRECOMMENDED!!
Very informative well written and researched site.
The author also has a satirical site, The Christian Dolphin.
R Sutcliffe TheologisticsRECOMMENDED!!
A site exploring the complex issues raised by the nature of Christ by a former Christadelphian. Ruth has also published a book called, “The Trinity Hurdle – Engaging Christadelphians, Arians and Unitarians
Site of author who has published a novel, “Holy Bible” exploring (to quote), “a damaged family growing up in a Christian sect in Ballarat. To them the Bible provides everything that any of them need to know about life, the future and Jesus Christ’s imminent return. They are forbidden from straying, or risk being ostracised.” Based on her experiences growing up in the Christadelphians.
Site appears to be defunct!
- Buy the novel, “Holy Bible” with Sleepers or for Kindle with Amazon.
- Online Interview with ABC News in Australia.
- Interview with Readings.
- Review by the Sydney Morning Herald.
A site by a former Christadelphian promoting writing as a form of therapy, something which resonates with my own experiences.
A Biblical blog by Rob Hyndman who was prominent amongst Australian Christadelphians. He is a professor in statistics, advocated the community in many publications (which are still being sold) and also edited resources for their Sunday Schools which are widely in use. He started by questioning certain aspects of the faith and now describes himself as an “unbeliever.”
He also had a site on Bible news.
He has now written a book, Unbelievable, to explain the reasons that led him to question - and ultimately reject - his former beliefs.
A personal site by a former Christadelphian who actively promotes homosexuality as consistent with a Bible based approach towards Christianity. He maintains a website called Gay Christadelphians. He also has a more general website focused on the same issues where he now identifies himself as a liberal Christian called Faith and Pride.
A Soul IntentionNEW!!
New blog by a former member of the Christadelphians for 40 years.
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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)