British Israelism - Reactions


British Israelism has had opposition and criticism by some Christian groups since the 19th century, and in modern times has received less attention from the broad spectrum of Christian denominations.

Despite a significant clerical membership of British Israelites, it was admitted, by British-Israel in 1880, that British Israelism was reviled by the clergy, as a whole.

In the Church Times, of 12 June 1885, British-Israel was compared to the Mormons in what was declared to be the latest development of “Chosen Peopleism”, a phenomenon which has ‘perpetually appeared and re-appeared in the world, but always with disastrous results’, dismissing British-Israel as a religious equivalent of craving for aristocratic distinction.

The broad spectrum of Christian denominations do not teach British Israelism, and some consider it speculative. Some critics have claimed British Israelism to be a cult or racist.

Modern British Israelites have responded that these criticisms and accusations do not represent their views and further claim their beliefs are neither cult like, nor racist.

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