Author Archives: COD

Stonehenge – monument to ancient man

Stonehenge is one of the best known ancient sites in Britain.  The remains of significant construction at what is now the bluestone henge on Salisbury plain date back to around 3,000 BC.  Prior to the existing stones, archaeologists have found evidence of older circular structures as well as the remains of people buried at the site.  Some of the human activity in the site date back as far as 8,000 BC.  Fascinatingly, chemical analysis proves the cremated remains of non-locals were carried in leather bags to the site and interred.  The Stonehenge (past and present) doesn’t reconcile with either a global flood or the literalist creation 6,000 years ago. Continue reading

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A Plain Man looks at Evolution

Bro Ken Drage was a member at Watford when the evolution controversy broke in the 1960s.  He has written an open letter addressing evolution and some of the history from the debate which centred around Bro Lovelock.  The impact of emotion and pressure from others is noteworthy – as is his observation that the 1960’s discussion were civilised though highly charged (such civility is lacking today!).  Bro Ken’s letter is reproduced in full below – it should be mandatory reading, so over to Ken… Continue reading

Ta Prohm

Every so often people (including Christadelphians despite our old earth creation heritage) claim dinosaurs and humans co-existed.  The source material for their argument usually comes uncritically from American evangelicals.  One of the claimed pieces of evidence is a carving in a Cambodian temple.  Why carve things which didn’t exist goes the argument?  Continue reading

Noah’s local flood – common early teaching

Before the 1960’s, the Christadelphian community accepted a variety of views on Noah’s flood.  Robert Roberts famously explained he thought it was local (but killed all humans) based on observable science.  Similar views were held by others.  The below article which sets out that the Flood was local and didn’t impact people in Africa (Testimony Magazine 1934).  Claims of a global flood being the only acceptable Christadelphian position are modern novelties. Continue reading

Faith not fideism

“we should all agree that the “faith” God requires of us has nothing to do with ignoring relevant evidence that is easily available when adjudicating truth claims. And is it not largely due to this abusive use of “faith” and “belief” that so many, past and present, are quick to dismiss Christianity and religion in general, seeing it as purely “faith” based, while taking “faith” to mean the opposite of evidence-based truth? True Christian faith is not fideism.”

Bates, M. W. (2017). Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (pp. 17–18). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic: A division of Baker Publishing Group.