Title of Collection

James D. Bales Papers, 1938-1981


James D. Bales

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


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. Finally, the collection also contains a notebook from Bales with notes on biographical psychology.

Biographical Note

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.

Donor Note

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.

Content List

Folder List: 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



Extent of Collection

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #82

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Natali Gonzalez, Audrey Schaffner

Subjects--Personal Names

Bales, James D., 1915-1995; Benson, George S., 1898-1991; Teller, Woolsey; Barber, Burton W.; Deaver, Roy


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