A religious sect found in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Dr John Thomas, an Englishman, came to the United States in 1844 and organized a number of societies (also in Canada and Great Britain), using for his central idea "taking out of the gentiles a people for His name." During the Civil War because they wished to be exempt from military duty, the name Christadelphians, or Brothers of Christ, was adopted. Not accepting the doctrine of the Trinity, they hold that Christ was Son of God and Son of man. Profession of faith in doctrines of the Church, and baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus for remission of sins, are necessary for admission to membership. In government Christadelphians are entirely congregational. Each local organization is an "ecclesia." The members elect representatives from among themselves for the management of each ecclesia. No foreign mission work is carried on. They publish two periodicals. In 1925 in the United States there were 78 churches, and 3,988 communkants.

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