The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), www.disciples.org, came to be in the early 1800s. Our founders, from Presbyterian and Baptist backgrounds, created a unique Christian identity. Jesus and the Bible were central to them. Unique to them was the absence of creeds and the commitment to Christian unity. At a time when scientific and social advances, and Biblical interpretation were dividing denominations, Disciples did not find the Bible, science, and social progress to be in contradiction with one another. FCC in Carbondale was one of the partners in the founding of SIU, and thrives today on the land the city set aside for 4 churches – Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and us.