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The Modernist Controversy through a Journalist’s Eyes, Part VII (1933)

In Harry Emerson Fosdick, Modernism, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Samuel G. Craig on 20/06/2009 at 13:50

Part VII.

How far one paper went to rally Presbyterians to the defense of their heritage probably is still better shown in the events of 1922 and 1923. It was then that Drs. H.E. Fosdick, W.P. Merrill and H.S. Coffin, with a co-operating press within and without the Church, formed an apparently invincible leadership that threatened to break down permanently the Presbyterian Church’s corporate testimony to God’s Word. It is difficult to describe the turmoil and passion that culminated in this onslaught. Read the rest of this entry »

The Modernist Controversy through a Journalist’s Eyes, Part VI (1933)

In Modernism, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Robert E. Speer, Samuel G. Craig on 19/06/2009 at 08:41

Part VI.

The Great War is blamed with many disasters. How it broke down the standards of sound management in nearly every human enterprise is the commonest of daily recriminations. The Presbyterian Church was not to escape. Restlessness was everywhere after 1918. The Inter-Church World Movement, born in 1918, was our Church’s star exhibition of post-War eccentricity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Modernist Controversy through a Journalist’s Eyes, Part V (1933)

In Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Samuel G. Craig on 17/06/2009 at 16:25

Part V.

Results of the seventeen years of Dr. Craig’s journalism are to be seen primarily in help given to thousands of pastors, Sunday School teachers, Missionaries, parents, churches, and homes. These results can be taken for granted; they testify to themselves. What we are to review are the extraordinary results of an editorial policy that did not falter during a series of gravest emergencies affecting the doctrinal integrity of the Presbyterian Church. Although the emergencies and everything connected with them are fading from the recollection of evangelical Christians, we need to remember them. One thing the matter with us is, we are entirely preoccupied with the stupendous drama of current developments and we rarely look back even to the very recent past. We have forgotten the promise that “thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, This is the way; walk ye in it.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Modernist Controversy through a Journalist’s Eyes, Part IV (1933)

In Modernism, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Samuel G. Craig on 16/06/2009 at 21:15

Part IV.

The motives and results of Dr. Craig’s career possess a significance beyond any personal interest we may have in him. They summarize for us important principles at issue today and are a catalog of most of the accomplishments of the whole company of contenders for the Christian faith during two decades of upheaval within our Church. Read the rest of this entry »

Two articles about Pearl S. Buck (1933 and 1936)

In J. Gresham Machen, Modernism, Pearl S. Buck on 06/06/2009 at 00:38

Mrs. Buck Resigns; Board Accepts “With Deep Regret”
[excerpted from Christianity Today, 4.1 (May 1933): 34-36.

Pearl S. Buck, famous missionary novelist on May 1st resigned as a missionary of the Presbyterian Church.  Her resignation was accepted by the Board “with deep regret.”  Her resignation was followed by that of Mrs. Henry V.K. Gillmore, a member of the Board, who quit in protest of the acceptance of Mrs. Buck’s resignation. Read the rest of this entry »

Primary Sources: Machen’s Review of Speer’s Book (1933)

In J. Gresham Machen, Modernism on 05/06/2009 at 18:38

Close behind the April 1933 account of the Machen-Speer debate in Christianity Today came this review by Dr. J. Gresham Machen, in which Machen reviews Speer’s work, The Finality of Jesus.  This review appeared originally in Christianity Today, vol. 4, no. 1 (Mid-May 1933), pages 15-16, 22-26.

Dr. Robert E. Speer and His Latest Book

By The Rev. J. Gresham Machen, D.D., Litt.D.
Professor of New Testament in Westminster Theological Seminary

The author of the book, The Finality of Jesus Christ (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1933),  as I pointed out in Christianity Today for October, 1930, in my review of his earlier book, Some Living Issues, is not only one of the most distinguished missionary leaders, but also one of the most truly eloquent men, in the whole Christian world.  Whatever may be thought of the direction in which he exerts his influence, it cannot be doubted at least that that influence is vast.  Dr. Speer possesses a truly amazing power over the hearts and minds of men. Read the rest of this entry »

Primary Sources: Machen-Speer Debate on Modernism (1933)

In J. Gresham Machen, Modernism on 05/06/2009 at 17:45

Early in 1933, an historic debate took place in which Dr. J. Gresham Machen debated the head of the PCUSA Board of Foreign Missions, Dr. Robert E. Speer.  The debate centered on modernism on the mission fieldThe following account appeared on the pages of Christianity Today, a paper edited by Dr. Samuel G. Craig.  The author of the account is not specified.

Machen-Speer Debate–Historic Event in Presbyterian Church

By a Staff Correspondent
[Excerpted from Christianity Today 3.12 (Mid-April 1933): 19-23.]

NOT in many years has the Presbyterian Church witnessed such a dramatic and significant event as the clashing in debate on April 11th, before the Presbytery of New Brunswick of Dr. Robert E. Speer and Dr. J. Gresham Machen. Dr. Machen had introduced an overture concerning the Foreign Board, at the preceding meeting. (Text in another column.) Dr. Speer had been invited to attend and speak to the motion. So for the first time the outstanding militant conservative scholar stood on the same platform with the foremost representative of religious pacifism to discuss the missionary policies of the church. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Sun: Is Christianity Passing? (1933)

In Sermons on 04/06/2009 at 19:04

The One Page Sermon:
“Is Christianity Passing?”
By the Rev. I. Sturger Shultz
Minister of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pa.

“Watchman, What of the Night?” (Isaiah 21:11).

Rome was not built in a day, nor was Rome destroyed in a day. Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but there had been many years of iniquitous fiddling long before that final conflagration. Rome had been burning for years; the fires of idolatry, of greed, of lust, of hate, of inhuman persecution, had been consuming Rome for many years. Aye, Rome was burned one fateful night, but the truth is, she was destroyed gradually, destroyed unconsciously so far as the majority of her people was concerned. Rome was powerful, advanced, rich, self-satisfied and comfortable, but her ignoble end came. Wicked Rome was a suicide. Read the rest of this entry »

The Value of Memorizing Scripture and the Catechism in Childhood (1933)

In Shorter Catechism on 30/05/2009 at 22:35

by the Rev. E.E. Bigger

[excerpted from Christianity Today 4.5 (Mid-September 1933): 6.] Read the rest of this entry »