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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Eldred Edward Iungerich, 1930-04-04

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Eldred Edward Iungerich in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Pendleton informs Iungerich that Bishop DeCharms’ traveling expenses for the Pittsburgh dedication service will be covered by the General Church. Things are busy in Bryn Athyn as they prepare for the dedication of their own new Assembly Hall, but Pendleton will plan to arrive in Pittsburgh the Saturday preceding their dedication. Pendleton writes about his concerns regarding the doctrinal developments at the Hague. Mr. Pfeiffer has recently visited Theo (Pitcairn) in Thoury, France for the baptism of Theo’s baby. They had many heated talks in which Theo was originally critical of Pfeiffer’s ideas, but Theo eventually came to feel that he was wrong and Pfeiffer was right. Theo spent several sleepless nights, and when he returned to the Writings, he claimed to see them in a new light. Pendleton writes that Theo seems to have undergone a deep emotional experience. Knowing that Pendleton remains critical of Pfeiffer’s ideas, Theo expressed concern that his change of view would hurt Pendleton. While Pendleton is pleased with the renewed enthusiasm in the Hague, he is concerned that there might be “some exaggeration in their treatment of correspondences.” Pendleton continues, “So far as I can see at the present time, the position taken by Mr. Pfeiffer and his followers offers nothing radically new. The Church has always recognized the need of developing interior interpretive doctrines, but of course it is always right to give such teachings a close examination when they are in process of development, lest they suffer too great an enlargement, and become heretical, and this especially when the new ideas are backed by proprial urgency, or by a superiority complex.” Pendleton worries that the new Hague ideas may represent an abuse of correspondences and could open the way for the authority of “personal celestial perceptions.” He hopes that these new developments are simply overstated and that things will calm down as time passes. Names mentioned: Bishop (George) DeCharms, Mr. (Ernst) Pfeiffer, Theo (Pitcairn)


  • 1930-04-04


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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