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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Albert Bjorck, 1930-04-28

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Albert Bjorck in Woodgreen, Salisbury, England. Pendleton has received Bjorck’s letter of April 9th; Pendleton wishes Bjorck a speedy recovery from his illness and hopes that he will be able to attend the Bryn Athyn Assembly with Soldanella. In response to Bjorck’s letter about the Hague development, Pendleton states his view on the nature of the Writings: The Writings are a Divine revelation, containing all the spiritual senses of all the heavens, but accommodated to the minds of men. Addressing the Hague development directly, Pendleton writes, “it seems to me that they claim to have advanced a discrete degree ahead of us in their understanding of the Writings.” In his magazine, Mr. (Ernst) Pfeiffer has asserted that the principles given in the Writings for the exposition of the literal sense of the Word are applicable to the Writings themselves. Pendleton writes, “The intent evidently is to provide for a correspondent mode of interpreting the Writings. . . I question whether we would thereby discover new truth, whereas a rational study of the Writings by a comparison of passages may, as it has in the past, lead to a definite advance.” Pendleton has replied to Pfeiffer that an approach to interpretation should be qualified by a recognition that the different revelations were addressed to different planes of the mind. Names mentioned: Soldanella, Bishop Benade, Ernst Pfeiffer


  • 1930-04-28


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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