John Alexander Dowie (May 25, 1847–March 9, 1907) was an Australian-born evangelist and faith healer who is remembered for his establishment of the Christian fundamentalist Christian Apostolic Church. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Scottish immigrants, and he showed an early propensity for spiritual things.
He left school at age 16 and became a lay preacher in the Congregational Church, and then, in 1875, he was ordained by the Congregational Church in Adelaide. Dowie's preaching style was highly successful, and he soon gained a large following.
By 1891, he had taken his message to America, where he established the Christian Apostolic Church in Chicago. He preached a message of faith healing and the literal interpretation of the Bible, and he gained a massive following. Dowie's church was highly controversial, and its message was seen as dangerous by many in the Christian community.
He also established a commune called "Zion City" near Chicago, which became the headquarters of his church. He declared himself "Elijah III" and the "apostolic successor to the prophet Elijah," and he proclaimed himself the leader of the new "Zion church."
In 1900, Dowie moved his church to Australia and continued his ministry there. He maintained a strict form of morality within the church, and he also set up many social welfare programs. He gained a large following in Australia, and many people saw him as a prophet and healer.
In 1906, Dowie's health began to fail, and he suffered a stroke, which left him unable to continue his ministry. He died on March 9, 1907, at the age of 59. John Alexander Dowie was remembered for his passionate preaching style, his faith healing, and his controversial views.
He was a passionate evangelist who inspired many people to turn to Christianity, and his devotion to his cause was an inspiration to many. He may have been controversial, but his legacy is one of dedication and passion.
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