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History of the Philadelphia Bible-Christian Church, 1817-1917

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This is the history of the first (and only) century of the existence of the Philadelphia Bible Christian Church, which was affiliated with the Bible Christian Church in Salford, England. The Bible Christian Church was an offshoot of the early New Church. It required its members to be vegetarians and to abstain from alcohol and other substances and practices deemed to be injurious to physical health. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1922.

This Acrobat file roughly approximates the original book. However, it has not been fully proofread and edited, and the fonts and formatting are somewhat irregular.


  • Preface
  • Biblical Authority for the Church Doctrine of Vegetarianism
  1. The Church
  2. List of Members with Dates
  3. List of Officers of Church and Terms of Service
  4. The Ministers
  5. The Board of Deacons
  6. The Board of Trustees
  7. The Sunday-School
  8. The Male and Female Institute of the B. C. Church
  9. Bible Christian Physiological Society (1st and 2nd Report)
  10. The Ladies' Aid Society
  11. The Vegetarian Society, Peace Society
  • Miscellaneous

J.B. Lippincott