Machen on the Creed

J. Gresham MachenOne of the most forgotten aspects of J. Gresham Machen’s biography is his service in World War I. Apparently on one occasion, Machen attended a Mass offered by a Catholic chaplain, which led to a theological conversation afterward. Hearing the chaplain complain that the phrase “he descended into hell” had been left out of the version of the creed distributed to the American soldiers, Machen told his Catholic friend that while he couldn’t agree with him on the Mass, “I could assure him that I disapproved as much as he did of the mutilation of the creed”.

You’ve got to love Machen!


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