SPECIAL FEATURE: FIFTY WASTED YEARS AT SHAFTMOOR LANE

The Christadelphian magazine are celebrating fifty years at their office buildings in Shaftmoor Lane Birmingham and it seemed appropriate for us, their "loyal opposition", to also review the past half century of CMPA activity.

The office of The Christadelphian moved from Editor CC Walker's home in Sparkbrook Birmingham to its new location in Hall Green in July 1963. It was a move engineered by Editor John Carter, but he died the year before the move and was succeeded by LG Sargent.

Brother Carter was the last of a line of great editors stretching back to the first editor, Robert Roberts. I used to know John Carter when I was a young boy of approximately ten years of age. I heard him speak and he was mesmerising. He visited our home a couple of times and I loved his company.

CELEBRATING 100,000 PAGE VIEWS TODAY! (27 June 2013)

Congratulations to all of our loyal readers, authors, commenters and workers at Christadelphian Atheism!

After slow beginnings when we first started, our readership has rapidly accelerated until today we passed our 100,000th page-view some time this morning. (27 June 2013)

MR SCROOGE AT THE CHRISTADELPHIAN MAGAZINE OFFICE


 
Why is it that the editors of the Christadelphian magazine are so concerned about telling us how to behave, while they themselves seem to ignore the commandments of Christ?

Let me show you what we subscribers to the electronic version of The Christadelphian magazine get every month when we receive the downloadable version:

COMMENT OF THE WEEK - "CHRISTO LEGALISM v GRACE AND THE TRUTH"

Posted by Phil in our new Discussion Room - 20 June 2013

hello everyone,

i joined the old paths christadelphians in england in early 1980, and at the time was euphoric at being part of the only "true god community".


CHRISTADELPHIAN EVOLUTIONARY CREATIONISM - THE HORSE THAT PULLED A TRACTOR

A Parable

There is a parable about a tractor salesman who visited a farm where the old farmer was still using an aging horse to pull his plough. After the salesman demonstrated the many benefits of using a tractor to pull the famer's plough, the farmer ordered a new tractor. Several weeks later the salesman called to see if the farmer was pleased with his purchase. To his surprise he found that his new customer was not pleased. "That new tractor's too heavy" the farmer complained. "My old horse can't pull both the tractor and the plough."

CHRISTADELPHIAN FIDEISM

Editor's Note:  

Fideism is an epistemological theory which maintains that faith is independent of reason, or that reason and faith are hostile to each other and that faith is superior at determining truth. The term Fideist, (one who argues for Fideism is very rarely self-applied.


THE EVOLUTION OF CREATIONISM

By David R. Montgomery
Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle

For centuries, natural philosophers, their scientific successors, and theologians alike sought to explain the physical and natural world. The now common cultural narrative of perpetual conflict between science and religion simplifies the arguments and struggles of the past and overlooks cross-pollination between those who embraced faith and reason as the keys to understanding earth history.

MIRACLES ARE EASIER TO DIGEST THAN REALITY

"Miracles are easier to digest than reality" - Esin Atil

Oh the joy of finding a beautiful, wise, original, meaningful quotation hidden away in a most unlikely source. There I was, sitting in bed last night, half asleep watching on my IPad a boring YouTube video about Turkish Ottoman art when Esin Atil popped in that amazing little comment that forms the basis of this article.
 

SCIENCE AND RELIGION AREN'T FRIENDS

Written By Jerry Coyne

Atheist books such as The God Delusion and The End of Faith have, by exposing the dangers of faith and the lack of evidence for the God of Abraham, become best-sellers. Science nibbles at religion from the other end, relentlessly consuming divine explanations and replacing them with material ones.


EVIDENCE OF DRINKING WATER ON MARS

NASA scientists say their Opportunity Rover has made new discoveries about early water on Mars which may have been drinkable.

The unmanned solar-powered vehicle, described as "arthritic" as it nears 10 years since its launch, has just analysed what may be its oldest rock ever, known as Esperance 6.

QUESTIONS FROM A READER ABOUT CHRISTADELPHIAN UNBELIEF

"I have noticed you call yourself a Christadelphian Unbeliever what exactly does that mean?

You can be an Unbeliever or a Christadelphian but not both.

Are you an Unbeliever with the sole purpose of pointing out the flaws of my faith?

Please respond."


COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Contributed by "String Player"

It is very sad that you had to go through your faith crisis so unsupported John. Even 30 years ago there were circles within Christadelphia where you could have grappled with the big questions without being automatically dismissed and judged as heretical, but you would probably have learned at that stage to think of such groups as the woolly liberal (or even "evangelical" ) fringe who were not proper Christadelphians anyway.