Title of Collection
James D. Bales Papers, 1938-1991
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains several manuscripts concerning sins, deaconship, Christianity before and after modernism, the views of divorce in the Old and New Testament, and sermon outlines. Additionally, two debates are compiled. The first is a debate between Bales and Barber where they examine whether instrumental music ought be used as an aid or not. Another debate was conducted between Bales and Teller, were the existence of God was discussed. Correspondence requesting clarification and additional information for future debates has also been kept. The collection also contains a notebook from Bales with notes on biographical psychology. Finally, the collection includes an edited manuscript of Bales's "The Scopr of the Covenants" and 35mm slides concerning his research and speaking on communism.
James D. Bales was born in Tacoma, Washington, on November 5, 1915 and passed in Searcy, Arkansas, on August 16, 1995. James D. Bales obtained his BA at Harding College, his masters at George Peabody College, and his doctorate at University of California at Berkeley. As he completed his studies, Bales returned to Harding College and taught Bible classes. After he gained reputation at the college he became the National Education Program chief researcher. Bales was also part of various debates concerning atheism, communism, and evolutions. After his retirement in 1981, Bales kept doing what he loved, he wrote and preached.
Acquired by McGarvey Ice in stages from about 2007-2011 from a private collector. Contained among Bales' papers were correspondence from George S. Benson (see MS #81).
Note: The material in each box has kept the authors’ original arrangement and is in alphabetical order.
Box #1 Correspondence Debate/Bales – Teller Galatians Instrumental Music: Barber Debate Deacons MSS Manuscript on Divorce Miracles? Debate Notebook Notecards on Miracles Questions between Bales and Deaver Rooted in God’s Eternal Purpose Sermon Outlines Sins of the Pagan World Scriptures The Impossibles The National Education Program Freedom Forum Manual Trojan Horse: MSS; Scrapbook Materials - George S. Benson; Manuscript - "Pride" by Bales "The Scope of the Covenants" - Edited Manuscript (1 of 2) "The Scope of the Covenants" - Edited Manuscript (2 of 2) 35mm slides related to his research and speaking on communism (2 boxes) Box #2 Correspondence -- Divorce Annotated draft of Jesus, the Master Respondent Oklahoma Christian College - Citizenship Seminar Pamphlets for Bales's Catholicicm and Coercion Envelopes and postcards 4 Audio Reels of George Benson's 'Behind the News' - Men and Ideas Soviet Citizens Resistance to Tyranny
Extent of Collection
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #82
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, James D. Bales Papers, 1938-1991. Center for Restoration Studies MS #82. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
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Finding Aid created by
Natali Gonzalez, Audrey Schaffner, Brady Cox
Bales, James D., 1915-1995; Benson, George S., 1898-1991; Teller, Woolsey; Barber, Burton W.; Deaver, Roy
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