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Radio Interview of Vanessa Russell

Interviewed on ABC South East Australia about her book, “Holy Bible” which is a novel based on her experiences growing up as a Christadelphian. Interesting to notice apologist remarks like, “I’m a Christadelphian and it sounds like Vanessa belonged to an extreme group. Adelaide is not typical of Christadelphians worldwide. I’m a Christadelphian from the UK and I can safely say that those I mix with enjoy a drink, theatre going, football, movies, read lots of novels, wear scarlet - and yes we bring friends home.” I would suggest whilst this is true for many, it is actually a result of changing standards in the Christadelphian community. The way I was brought up such activities were considered to be “worldly,” would still be by my parents, and a significant proportion of members. It has also been despaired by Christadelphians in their mainstream magazines as well as books such as “Reformation” as a decline in standards. Any knowledge of the historical basis of the Christadelphians would confirm this to be a resulting of changing outlooks. Vanessa (like myself) was obviously exposed to more traditional Christadelphian beliefs and behaviours.

It is true the community is becoming more liberal and many now consider behaviours once considered “worldly” as acceptable. Many Christadelphians today would not be well accepted by many of their pioneers if they were alive today. Have a look at Christadelphian Answers by Frank Jannaway. He was one of the most significant Christadelphian in World War 1 in the UK and was responsible for helping Christadelphians avoid enlistment as conscientious objectors.

Vanessa has a website here.






Christadelphian Quotes

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)