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Letters From the Front: J Gresham Machen's Correspondence from World War I (Waugh)

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Never before published, here is a glimpse into the formative years of a great campaigner for the faith... and a stirring example of how the faith of a seminary professor was refined and strengthened through the trials of war.


Table of Contents:

  1. ‘Over There’ – January 22 to February 10, 1918
  2.  At Le Foyer du Soldat, St. Mard – February 14 to March 2, 1918
  3. Adjusting to the War, the ‘Y’ and Monsieur Pia – March 7 to 18, 1918
  4. A New Assignment to Missy-sur-Aisne – March 23 to April 7, 1918
  5. A River of Hot Chocolate Flowing at Missy-sur-Aisne – April 12 to May 6, 1918
  6. War Is Declared on the Rats – May 14 to 26, 1918
  7. The Germans Are Coming-Sudden Evacuation from Missy-sur-Aisne – May 29 to June 13, 1918
  8. A ‘Hut’ in the American YMCA – June 20 to July 16, 1918
  9. The ‘Y Man of Pexonne’ – July 22 to September 7, 1918
  10. Continuing ‘Y’ Service in Several Locations – September 14 to November 6, 1918
  11. The War is Over! – November 14 to December 5, 1918
  12. The ‘Religious Work’ – December 17 to January 5, 1919
  13. A Review of past Locations and More ‘Y’ Work – January 5 to February 7, 1919
  14. Going Home! – February 12 to March 2, 1919
  15. Letters Written in French Received by J. Gresham Machen – June 5, 1918 to January 13, 1919



"J Gresham Machen is a fascinating, complex and controversial figure, well-known for his role in the church conflicts of the 1920s and 30s. What is often forgotten is that he was also a member of the generation of young men whose lives were forever changed by their exposure to the horrors of trench warfare in the First World War. This volume contains the letters which the young Machen wrote home as he served as a YMCA volunteer in the war. As such, they offer both important first-hand accounts of the conflict but also give us insights into some of the darker experiences which shaped the mind of the future church leader." - Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"J. Gresham Machen played a key role in the theological debates of the 1920s and 1930s. His work has been studied and evaluated from many angles. What is less well-known and less well considered is his service in the First World War. Although he objected to American involvement, he participated as a volunteer in the YMCA. From these rare letters the reader can see a fresh side of the great scholar. On the battle fields of France he was simply known as a compassionate soul who brought solace to scores of suffering soldiers. For those who only know Machen the polemicist, this volume will showcase Machen the caregiver." - William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia