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Pearl Buck’s Comments on Dr. Machen

In J. Gresham Machen, Pearl S. Buck, The Presbyterian on 07/09/2011 at 20:20

Well, okay, one more. But this is the last one for tonight. This from that same issue of THE PRESBYTERIAN, vol. 107, no. 3 (January 1937), page 4, and again, published not long after Dr. Machen’s unexpected death on 1 January 1937.

PEARL BUCK ON DR. MACHEN

In the last issue of The New Republic, Pearl S. Buck has an editorial article, entitled “A Tribute to Dr. Machen.” She says of him : “In the days when he was hot upon the trail of my own too liberal soul, I received from him, in the midst of his public protestations, a private letter saying that he hoped I would not misunderstand his denunciations or in any way interpret them as being at all personal to me. He had, he said, the utmost respect for me as a person, but no respect at all for my views. I replied that I perfectly understood, inasmuch as this was exactly the way I felt about him, the only difference being that he had the same right to his views that I had to my own. He wrote again to say very courteously that I was completely mistaken, since views were either right or wrong, and his were right.” This testimony draws attention to the great courtesy which marked Dr. Machen’s attitude towards those who were at opposite poles from him. It is to be seen in his books when he crossed swords with some destructive critic.

[The Presbyterian 107.3 (21 January 1937): 4.]

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