C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
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.
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THE TRINITY HURDLE
NOVEL: HOLY BIBLE
(Robert Roberts, a Christadelphian Pioneer, quoted
by Ruth McHaffie in Brethren Indeed)
(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)