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"The Truth"

The origin of the church that always was

Willie Jamieson, an icon of the podium in the 1970's, with Irvine. Jamieson preached a "one true religion" sermon, implicitly denying the existence of Irvine as founder.

A small church called "The Truth"* lost its history during the early 20th century, quickly after its origin.

William Irvine originated The Truth in Northern Ireland around 1897. He claimed he'd revived the original "Way."

After a few years, Irvine fell out of favor. He had developed a grander delusion, and probably had had a sexual relationship with a woman. Whichever was worse and whatever the cause, William Irvine became persona non grata.

By the late 20th century, "The Truth" had become the one true way, a nameless Biblical church that had always been. It was the church that Jesus established, as told in the Bible.

Without discussion of its founder, the church developed a mythology about its divine beginning.

*Jehovah's Witnesses et al refer to their belief as "the truth," but recognize the common name for their organization. In this case, all other labels are imposed. Members are discrete about using the demonym with "outsiders," but that's the name of the church.