The strange name Christadelphians means The Brethren of Christ. It was coined from the Greek language in 1864 by the founder of the sect, a John Thomas. He could not stand the name Christian because it represented to him everything degenerated and anti-Christian. Therefore he meant to displace it with an invention of his own which he supposed represented the revival of original apostolic religion. Thomas was born in England in 1805, the son of an Independent minister.