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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, 1916-07-21

Identifier: RG.004.01

Scope and Contents

Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Theodore Pitcairn in Elmira, New York, USA. Pendleton was happy to hear from Pitcairn concerning his ongoing missionary campaign. He writes, “It was especially pleasing to note that you are not discouraged by the difficult reception that is everywhere given New Church truth . . . Your problem is to find the best way and hold to it. Do all that is necessary and a little more. This is said to lead to success in business affairs, and it must be the same in such an undertaking as you have in mind.” In the second half of the letter, Pendleton explains the apparent contradiction between Mark xvi:19 and Acts vii:55-56 through a New Church lens. He explains, “Many things in the Acts of the Apostles are of this nature, and when seen in this light [New Church doctrine] fall into their right place and confirm the Gospels, but if taken apart from the Gospels, they are not good ground for the development of a true theology.” Pendleton adds a handwritten note after the main body of the letter, informing Pitcairn that his father is reported to be feeling somewhat better.


  • 1916-07-21


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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Part of the Academy of the New Church Archives Repository

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Bryn Athyn PA 19009 USA