The text in question is available on the web: http://www.xmission.com/~fidelis/volume1/volume1.html
From Torrey's intro:
"In 1909 God moved two Christian laymen to set aside a large sum of money for issuing twelve volumes that would set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and which were to be sent free to ministers of the gospel, missionaries, Sunday School superintendents, and others engaged in aggressive Christian work throughout the English speaking world. A committee of men who were known to be sound in the faith was chosen to have oversight of the publication of these volumes. Rev. Dr. A.C. Dixon was the first Executive Secretary of the Committee, and upon his departure for England Rev. Dr. Louis Meyer was appointed to take his place. Upon the death of Dr. Meyer the work of the Executive Secretary devolved upon me. We were able to bring out these twelve volumes according to the original plan. Some of the volumes were sent to 300,000 ministers and missionaries and other workers in different parts of the world."
"On the completion of the twelve volumes as originally planned the work was continued through The King's Business, published at 536 South Hope St., Los Angeles, California. Although a larger number of volumes were issued than there were names on our mailing list, at last the stock became exhausted, but appeals for them kept coming in from different parts of the world. As the fund was no longer available for this purpose, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, to whom the plates were turned over when the Committee closed its work, have decided to bring out the various articles that appeared in The Fundamentals in four volumes at the cheapest price possible, All the articles that appeared in The Fundamentals, with the exception of a very few that did not seem to be in exact keeping with the original purpose of The Fundamentals, will be published in this series."
This set was to be "thoroughly evangelical" and definitive in nature. There are 4 volumes in the set. I think all of Vol 1 is available (incl Orr's treatise). Vol 4 Chaps. 5-7 are anti-evolutionary.
W/ sci content from Vol 1: (all available)
a.. The Holy Scriptures and Modern Negations by Prof. James Orr, D.D.
b.. The Early Narratives of Genesis by Prof. James Orr, D.D.
c.. The Doctrinal Value of the First Chapters of Genesis by the Rev. Dyson Hague, M.A.
d.. The Testimony of the Monuments to the Truth of the Scriptures by Prof. Geo. Frederick Wright, D.D., LL.D.
e.. The Recent Testimony of Archeology to the Scriptures by M.G. Kyle, D.D., LL. D.
f.. Science and Christian Faith by Rev. Prof. James Orr, D.D.
W/ sci content from Vol. 4: (not available online yet)
a.. The Decadence of Darwinism by Rev. Henry H. Beach
b.. The Passing of Evolution by Prof. George Frederick Wright, D.D., LL.D.
c.. Evolutionism in the Pulpit by An Occupant of the Pew
A search of "Fundamentals" and "Torrey" will give other sources where electronic copies can be purchased.
----- Original Message -----
From: "gordon brown" <email@example.com>
To: "John W Burgeson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 9:04 PM
Subject: Re: Glenn makes front page of AiG today
> On Sat, 9 Feb 2002, John W Burgeson wrote:
> > But, as Edmund Burke observed, "Just because only a little can be done,
> > it does not excuse one from doing what he can." (paraphrased), we must
> > keep on keeping on in the gallant battle. Fundamentalism is only 90 years
> > old, it has a good way to go before it dies. That it will die, I have
> > little doubt. And, as Allen well knows, both you and I, along with many
> > here, are committed to killing it just a little bit sooner by our
> > arguments and testimonies.
> The term fundamentalist seems to have undergone quite a bit of evolution
> in the last 90 years until its range of uses makes its meaning rather
> fuzzy. It is supposedly derived from the publication, The Fundamentals,
> but it seems to have become a pejorative term applied to those who are
> devoutly religious and with whom one disagrees. This now includes Islamic
> The Fundamentals were written as an answer to the teachings of the higher
> criticism of the early 20th century. If YEC's read the Fundamentals'
> article on science by James Orr, they would be very upset. Orr endorsed
> the view that the days of Genesis 1 were eons, and he even suggested that
> evolution was a new name for creation.
> Gordon Brown
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Colorado
> Boulder, CO 80309-0395
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