25 August 2007

craig on our allies

In 1930, Samuel G. Craig was ousted from his position as the editor of The Presbyterian, the denominational weekly of the Presbyterian Church USA. Craig had, at one time, been a board member of Princeton Theological Seminary, but in the wake of the controversy over Modernism and the re-organization of the Seminary and its board, his editorial leadership tended to be critical of Princeton and favorable towards the newly founded Westminster Theological Seminary.

Craig was ousted from his editorial post under the leadership of William Leonard McEwan, chairman of the Presbyterian Publishing Company, which published The Presbyterian, who was also, at the time, Princeton's board chairman. Craig went on to found a magazine later in 1930 called Christianity Today (which has no direct relationship to the magazine currently published under that name), as well as Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.

At the founding of Christianity Today in May of 1930, Craig noted that the publicaiton would be a magazine "of the Calvinistic rather than that of the Lutheran or Arminian Churches." Nevertheless, he went on to add,
...there will be the full recognition of the fact that what they hold in common with other evangelical Christians is much more important than what they hold in distinction from them. In fact while they will be as unflinchingly opposed to Rome as were their fathers they will not be blind to the fact that as the lines are drawn today — theism over against atheism; Christ the God-man over against the man Jesus; the cross as a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice over against the cross as a symbol of self sacrifice; salvation as a divine gift over against salvation as a human achievement; the Bible as the revealed Word of God over against the Bible as a purely human product; the moral law as a divinely imposed rule of life over against the moral law as an everchanging resultant of human insight and experience — Rome, at the points at which the battle rages most fiercely today, is our ally rather than our opponent.
I thought that was an intriguing quotation, particularly from the founder of Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.