In his sermon, “Learning in Wartime“, C.S. Lewis said the following:
Most of all, perhaps we need intimate knowledge of the
past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because
we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set
against the present, to remind us that periods and that
much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely
temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many place is not
likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village:
the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some
degree immune form the great cataract of nonsense that
pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.
And there is much that we in the PCA need to learn about our past. Two important events have begun, what I believe, will be very helpful discussions concerning our own blindness and provide great opportunity for repentance and revival.
Firstly, Anthony Bradley, in a post at The Institute, speaks to “Peter Slade’s book Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and A Theology of Friendship (Oxford University Press, 2009) [which] reveals difficult information about the racist and pro-segregationist formation of the Reformed Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the role of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS.” In an encouraging response to the post, current pastor of First Pres-Jackson, Ligon Duncan responds to the current situation at First Church here.