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CT Vol. 2 (minus Dec.)

In Christianity Today, J. Gresham Machen, John Murray, Wm. Childs Robinson on 22/06/2011 at 22:50

In our project to digitize the old original series of Christianity Today, I have earlier today posted to the PCA Historical Center’s web site Volume Two of the magazine. Volume Two covers May 1931 through April 1932. The one lack in this posting is the December 1931 issue, vol. 2, no. 8.  The Historical Center presently lacks a copy of that issue. A link for a cumulative download of the entire volume (again, minus the December issue, for now) will be posted tomorrow, Lord willing.

The Table of Contents page for Volume One [1930-1931], with links for downloading each issue, is here.

And for your reference, the main index page for this project is here. That page then has links to a table of contents page for each volume in the series run of Christianity Today. The magazine ran from 1930-1949, though only sporadically from 1941-1949.

Highlights from Volume Two include:

Machen’s Notes on Galatians (continued)

“Is the Pulpit Forgetting God?” by Wm. Childs Robinson

“The Ministry of Reconciliation” by Rev. Frank R. Elder [a tribute to Robert Dick Wilson]

“The Social Significance of Jesus Christ,” by Samuel G. Craig

“The Truth About the Presbyterian Church,” by J. Gresham Machen

“The Confessional Statement of the United Presbyterian Church,” by John Murray

“Is Atheism Scientific?” by Rev. George P. Pierson

and much more.

Process :
Some have asked about the process involved in preparing these PDF files. Christianity Today was published as a larger format magazine, measuring 10″ x 12″. Since we don’t have a large format scanner, each issue has to be photocopied at an 8% reduction, such that the resulting photocopies measure 8.5″ x 11″ and can be run through our scanner. These copies are then scanned at 300 dpi and Optical Character Recognition is applied in Adobe Acrobat 9.0 to produce searchable PDF files. 

The only expense in preparing each PDF file, besides staff time and labor, is in making the photocopies, since we also don’t have our own copier (there never really was much need, and the Seminary Library has one just outside our door).  It costs about $30.00 to photocopy an entire volume of the magazine. Staff salary is paid from funds raised by the Administrative Committee of the PCA (the Stated Clerk’s Office), but the daily operations budget of the Historical Center depends entirely on voluntary contributions. 

Donors :
Due to the expense of attending General Assembly this year, our funds have now run out and this will be the end of the CT digitization project until other funds comes in. Donors who would like to help with the project may contact me by email. [wsparkman AT   pcanet     DOT  com ]

The Reformed Faith & Modern Substitutes, by John Murray (Part 1, 1935)

In Auburn Affirmation (1924), John Murray, Modernism, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. on 26/06/2009 at 20:49

We’ll return shortly to the rest of the series on “The Modernist Controversy through a Journalist’s Eyes.”
However, I was surprised recently to find that this article could not be located online, and this material seemed to provide a good but still pertinent break.  What follows here is the first of a short series of articles produced by the Rev. John Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary
. In this first article, Professor Murray addresses the advance of modernism in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., with particular focus on the so-called “Auburn Affirmation.” [Technically, that 1924 document was titled simply “An Affirmation”, but as it was initially issued from Auburn, NY  it easily acquired the more descriptive title in popular reference.]
Part II of Professor Murray’s series was a critique of dispensationalism, and that article turned out to be rather controversial as it began a volley of debate with other conservatives and eventually played into the division of the Presbyterian Church of America [later, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church] and the creation from her number of the Bible Presbyterian Synod.

The Reformed Faith and Modern Substitutes

by John Murray, Th.M.

[excerpted from The Presbyterian Guardian 1.6 (16 December 1935): 88-89.] Read the rest of this entry »