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Book Examines Movement’s Transformation into Christian Cult

By James Gordon | June 18, 2019

The late John Nelson Darby casts a giant shadow over the Brethren movement and continues to influence huge swathes of Christian fundamentalism. A new book offers an unsparing look at how he molded the movement into a Christian cult.

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