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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Elmo C. Acton, 1931-10-27

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Elmo C. Acton in Durban, Natal, South Africa. Pendleton acknowledges Acton's letter of August 19th. Pendleton is pleased to hear that the South African Assembly was successful. Although Mr. (Frederick) and Mrs. (Bertha?) Elphick and Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were unable to be there, there was an attendance of more than 120 people for morning services. Pendleton does not recall meeting Mr. Morgan. Pendleton remarks that the Ridgways will be glad to have Doris (Ridgway) and Bob (Ridgway?) back home. Pendleton then discusses his thoughts on the "Hague position". He differs from it in many ways, particularly the "characterization of our human interpretations of the Writings as the doctrine of the church." Acton has said he agrees with Mr. (Ernst) Pfeiffer that the Writings have a spiritual sense, but not in how that spiritual sense may be understood. Pendleton cannot even agree that the Writings have this spiritual sense, but he does believe that every truth contains an inner series of truths, leading up to the Lord. He argues, "If the Writings, as we know them, are but another cryptic letter to be correspondentially interpreted, then some future prophit, acting under Divine inspiration, must draw from their basic letter their true and authentic internal sense." Pendleton again asserts that he disagrees with Pfeiffer, saying that Pfeiffer "claims both too much and too little."


  • 1931-10-27


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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