They'll Know We Are Christians

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"They'll Know We Are Christians" (also known as "They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" or "We Are One in the Spirit") is a Christian hymn written in 1968 by then-Catholic priest Peter Scholtes. It is inspired by John 13:35. It was released on an LP of the same name featuring the congregation of Scholtes' church singing this hymn and others.[1]

The title of the hymn They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love originates in a phrase that non-believers used to describe Christians believers of early Church: "Behold, how they love one another."[2]


The song has been covered by a variety of Christian recording artists, including Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, and For King & Country, which covered the song for the show "A.D, the Bible Continues."


  1. ^ The Ancient Star-Song: PETER SCHOLTES
  2. ^ Lewerenz, Spencer; Nicolosi, Barbara (1 November 2005). Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture. Baker Books. p. 50. ISBN 9781585582716.