The Evangelical Student

November 14, 2011

A Magazine of the League of Evangelical Students

The PCA Historical Center has recently released the full PDFs from The Evangelical Student, a magazine of the League of Evangelical Students.  The magazine ran from 1926-39, and its editors included former Westminster professors Paul Wooley and Ned B. Stonehouse. Other Westminster Contributors include Oswald T. Allis,  R.B. Kuiper, Allan MacRae, J. Gresham Machen, John Murray, Cornelius Van Til, and E.J. Young.

29 of the 35 publications are available as downloadable PDFs here.

From the PCA Historical Center:

Largely forgotten now, the League of Evangelical Students was an early 20th century forerunner to such contemporary evangelical student fellowships as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ and Reformed University Ministries. Its mission statement declared it to be "an inter-denominational and international student movement for the defense and propagation of the Gospel in the modern student-world."

Organized in 1925, the League grew to have over 60 chapters across the campuses of America, with an affiliated chapter located in China. Its leadership came primarily from the conservative ranks of the northern Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and it is notable that many of these same leaders were later to figure prominently in the formation of both Westminster Theological Seminary in 1929 and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1936.

The Evangelical Student magazine ran from 1926 until 1939, with the first issue appearing in April of 1926. In addition to the magazine, the League held annual conferences which were hosted by various chapters. Three articles appearing in the first issue give something of the background and purpose of the organization: "Why the League," by Allen A. MacRae; "The League's Program," by Ned. B. Stonehouse; and "The Grand Rapids Conference," by W.A. H. Zoerner. The final issue of the magazine was issued in January 1939 (Vol. 14, no. 1).

Visit the PCA Historical Center to download full PDFs of these issues.