John Nelson Darby

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John Nelson Darby (1800–82), British theologian and founder of Dispensationalism. He was ordained in the Church of England but resigned in 1827 and joined the "Plymouth Brethren", a new sect that rejected all Church order and outward forms. A quarrel within this body led to a schism; Darby became the leader of the stricter Brethren, who were organized as a separate body of "Darbyites."

Further reading

  • Timothy C. F. Stunt, "Darby, John Nelson (1800–1882)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004 ; online