[excerpted from THE PRESBYTERIAN 96.48 (2 December 1926): 13.]
“The department of Apologetics covers a very wide area ; and it can hardly be expected that one who is about to enter upon the duties of a chair in this department should be as completely equipped for them, as a man of equal ability may be, who has already devoted some of the best years of his life to the department. The most that can be reasonably asked is, that a candidate for the chair shall have the qualities of mind that fit him for the work, a broad foundational preparation for it, an intellectual bent that will enable him to enter upon it with enthusiasm, and that these qualifications be revealed in some creditable work already accomplished. These conditions, I do not hesitate to say, Dr. Machen satisfies in a pre-eminent degree. They are manifest in his books, entitled Liberal Christianity and What is Faith? But Dr. Machen has given still more specific proof of his eminent fitness for the vacant chair.
Very sincerely yours,
Francis L. Patton
Bermuda, October 1, 1926.