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The following documents are by Doctor John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians:
Documents by Doctor John Thomas
The following are a few notes on the medical background of John Thomas, taken from The Christadelphian, volume 134, page 89, written by Peter Hemingray:
Doctor Thomas was independent in all he turned his hand to. A nineteenth century medical historian, Alexander Wilder, comments: “In all his opinions, medical and philosophic, he was eclectic.” His early articles in The Lancet, the premier English medical journal, show him presenting new methods, and as a crusader for fairness in the distribution of anatomical parts for dissection. He became president of two medical colleges, the first being the Franklin Medical College, St. Charles, Illinois (the earliest in the state) in 1843. However, as a doctor, he did not always follow the conventional medical wisdom, but became a part of the “Eclectic” movement, which held that natural medicines are to be preferred over “mineral poisons.” He received his American MD degree from such a college, the Scientific and Eclectic Medical Institute in Petersburg, Virginia. He became President of this college, at least for the term 1848–49: an old flyer exists that advertises him as president and lecturer in two different fields for a term that would start early November, 1848. The soirï¿½e held in Glasgow on October 12, 1848 persuaded him to stay in Britain, and write Elpis Israel. Consequently he sacrificed the presidency, as well as his lecturing fees in this college by remaining at his brother Henry’s house in London to create the first Christadelphian work. Doctor Thomas left copious medical records behind in Illinois and Virginia, which confirm the medical status he had, and which he forsook to proclaim the Truth. It is possible he actually received his MD on March 1, 1847, only a few days before his “Confession and Abjuration.” The certificate, which still exists, gives both years 1847 and 1848, but it has usually been reported as 1848.
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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)