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In the last issue I wrote about writing, and to the distress of a friendly schoolmarm I expressed sentiments disloyal to Arm Movement. I hereby recant, on the ground that any movement that increases legibility strengthens democracy. To prove my sincerity I have founded a new right wing arm movement for writers of the Right. This new movement is to be known as the Society for Conservative Research in the Art of Writing Legibly (SCRAWL).

In order to investigate subversive tendencies in penmanship one of our first objectives is to analyze the writing of a wide selection of representative Americans. I have classified the signatures on the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock’s well-known hand is a clear expression of the power of positive writing. So many others signed in a clear and elegant script that one is forced to conclude that good writing and patriotism are correlated. It is also rather obvious that none of the signers used a ball-point pen.

Of course I am particularly interested in theological calligraphy. It should prove much simpler to evaluate leading theoologians through their writing than through their writings. Renowned theologians may participate in this survey by writing a page or two to SCRAWL, in care of CHRISTIANITY TODAY. (This is the first time this offer has been made. To my knowledge, no article heretofore printed was originally submitted as a handwriting sample.)

From a full collection of scholarly autographa we propose to investigate the slant a man’s views give to his writing. Not long ago a leading evangelical editor suggested that certain temperaments are congenial to Calvinism and others to Arminianism. Does Presbyterian penmanship establish this thesis beyond reasonable ...

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