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Alexander Hislop

Alexander Hislop

Alexander Hislop (Born at Duns, Berwickshire, 1807; died Arbroath, 13 March 1865) was a Free Church of Scotland minister famous for his outspoken criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the son of Stephen Hislop (died 1837), a mason by occupation and an elder of the Relief Church. Alexander’s brother was also named Stephen Hislop (lived 1817–1863) and became well known in his time as a missionary to India and a naturalist.

Alexander was for a time parish schoolmaster of Wick, Caithness. In 1831 he married Jane Pearson. He was for a time editor of the Scottish Guardian newspaper. As a probationer he joined the Free Church of Scotland at the Disruption of 1843. He was ordained in 1844 at the East Free Church, Arbroath, where he became senior minister in 1864. He died of a paralytic stroke the next year after being ill for about two years.

He wrote several books, his most famous being The Two Babylons: Papal worship Revealed to be the worship of Nimrod and His wife.

The Two Babylons

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  1. Emil Avila says:

    I would like more information about him in particular, his theological beliefs. I ubnderstand that he was anti-Catholic, but what did actually believe. Do you have any information on this subject. Thank you.

  2. Alexander says:

    Emil,
    You will have to research the information on Hislop’s life. I do not have that information. Even though his book shows the pagan roots to Catholicism, I don’t it is correct to say he was “anti-Catholic”. His book is “anti-babylonian mystery religion” which Catholicism, and much of Protestantism are enmeshed. Christ’s life is imparted to people, not systems and organizations. There are Christians in Catholicism and Protestantism. The issue before individual believers is the question: what is helping the life of Christ to grow and what hinders it? This is the purpose of my website.



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