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How do you implement the wheat & tares parable?


The parable of the wheat and tares is exclusive to Matt 13:24-30.  It provides a challenging limitation to those who seek to impose their understanding as the basis of fellowship.  Any practice of disfellowship has to encompass the whole gamut of scripture, rather than pick and choose passages which support our preferred model of operations.  As brother I Collyer noted “an industrious rooting out of tares may be a mistaken zeal” [1], however the Lord goes further commanding such activity NOT occur. Continue reading

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Wilfred Lambert stated the human race is more than 7,000 years old

Bro Wilfred Lambert was one of the foremost Assyriologists of his generation.  He wrote quite explicitly about the connection between ancient near eastern ideas (about which he was an expert) and the impossibility of reconciling Gen 1-3 with science.  Some of his specific observations in the following article are:

  • The antiquity of the earth and man is unquestionably longer than biblical literalists can allow
  • Gen 1 and Gen 2-3 are separate events and cannot be read as literal/scientific accounts
  • The solid raqia was a common/borrowed understanding of the sky
  • Humanity is far older than 7,000 years

Bro Wilfred was not disfellowshipped for such ideas (for the record – I take elements of Gen 2-3 more literally than he did) Continue reading


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Alan Eyre rejecting anti science nonsense

Bro Alan Eyre is well known to many in the community.  He is also a lifelong scientist.  In 2015, in response to anti evolution articles in many of our publications he released an open letter which among other things asserts:

  • The universe and life is old
  • The science of dating is secure by multiple lines of evidence
  • The geological column is reliable
  • Anti science and evolutionary articles in our community are poorly researched and based on flawed information
  • Genesis 1 cannot be reconciled to the physical facts obvious to our God given senses

The full letter follows Continue reading

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Bro Weaving – accepted science, not disfellowshipped

Lovelock was not the last individual to achieve unwanted attention after publishing on the subject of origins and evolution.  Never mentioned by those who oppose EC is the late 1960s (after Lovelock) case of Brother Jack Weaving from the Birmingham Central ecclesia.  He published a series of articles in the Endeavour Magazine dealing with evolution.  Continue reading

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Lovelock wasn’t a unanimous decision or a binding precedent

The case of Bro Ralph Lovelock and his disfellowship is often publicised as demonstrating our community has dealt with, once and for all, the question of EC.  However the full picture is rarely conveyed.  Bro Lovelock was a prominent English brother noted for his intelligence.  He gave a series of talks in 1964 on the origin of man which caused significant disquiet.  He proposed a form of EC.  His notes were subsequently published – I have read a copy.  With the benefit of hindsight, Bro Lovelock’s science was astray and his scriptural reconciliation I cannot agree with.  It was brave but ultimately disastrous move as eventually Bro Ralph Lovelock was disfellowshiped in 1966 by the Watford ecclesia.  They wrote to the Christadelphian Magazine explaining their decision in detail.  In doing so they also acknowledged the challenges in interpreting Genesis 1-3 stating: Continue reading

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WF Barling thought Lovelock should remain in fellowship

Dear bro. Sargent,

The Brotherhood owes you its thanks both for your able critique of The Origin of Man and for your courage and fairness in publishing the author’s reply. In your exchange you and bro. Lovelock have each set a splendid example of vigour without venom which all should follow whenever differences arise. The blunt yet brotherly way in which you have both made your points enables readers to reach their own conclusions in an informed and dispassionate manner. This is great gain. Continue reading


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Norris accepting maybe something could have been outside Eden

“Long ages, then, are not without their own problems. But if they were accepted as valid, we might yet say: (a) we are not called upon to account for God’s activities in the past. He may well, for reasons which He has not clearly disclosed, have seen fit to let man-like creatures dwell on the earth before Adam came. There have been those, indeed, under no pressure from the scientists, who have believed in a “pre-Adamic” creation, and have considered that the earth “became” without form and void because of some calamity dimly hinted at in Scripture. We might also say, (b) the brevity of the account in Genesis 1 forbids us to suppose that we know everything about the condition of the earth at the time when Adam was formed; and the existence of manlike creatures who were nevertheless not “men” in the Scriptural sense, outside the confines of the Garden of Eden, is not excluded in Scripture. Continue reading

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