C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
The Bible Alone
This section is dealing in a more detailed way with the topic of the Bible alone as the basis of holding an authoritative position. It uses the Christadelphians as a case example:
Many Christians claim to base their teachings on the Bible alone and will seek to prove themselves theologically by using proof quotes. This section considers whether this is a position consistent with the early believers, limitations to its adoption, and whether it is an essential Christian requirement.
- CHAPTER 1: Infallibility of the Bible
- CHAPTER 2: Early Christianity
- CHAPTER 3: The Formation of the Canon
- CHAPTER 4: The Availability of the Bible
- CHAPTER 5: The Protestant Reformation and the Bible
- CHAPTER 6: The Question of Semantics
The Interpretation of the Bible
In practice the ideas of the authority of the Bible alone have not resulted in a consistent interpretation of it. This section therefore considers some of the most important elements which have to be considered if the Bible alone as a faith position is adopted.
- CHAPTER 1: Foundational Claims of the Community
- CHAPTER 2: Independence of Thought
- CHAPTER 3: Necessary Considerations Regarding Scripture
- CHAPTER 4: The Importance of Interpretation
- CHAPTER 5: The Christadelphian Approach to Balancing the Bible
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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)