Jul 17, Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen is just that. Originally published in , Machen combats liberal theology that crept into the. Christianity & Liberalism. by J. Gresham Machen () In my little book, Christianity and Liberalism, , I tried to show that the issue in the Church of the. Jan 26, John Gresham Machen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 28, , J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism (Grand Rapids.

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Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

The book is simple in its organization and is laid out as follows: It differs from Christianity in its view of God, of man, of the seat of authority and of the way of salvation. It will definitely make you think, by honest and straightforward terminology, about what it means to be a Christian, especially in this modern world.

Machen, writing inis uncommonly incisive and cogent, exposing the enemy-within-the-gates of modern, progressive Protestantism. Jun 13, Justin Andrusk rated it it was amazing. At the same time, we ought to be careful in understanding these are core doctrines that really make or break Christianity, not secondary issues.

Mar 18, Mark Sylvester rated it really liked it Shelves: My above review was completely wrong.

And a real sadness. I was compelled to read this book finally because of my observation that this is a battle that is fought and is being re-fought again christianoty again. The Church From the beginning j.gesham the book to the end, J. Laymen, as well as ministers, should return, in these trying days, with new earnestness, to the study of the Word of God.


Challenging book to get through as some of language is outdated, but nonetheless helpful for thinking critically through these theological issues.

Liberalism on the other hand is founded upon the shifting emotions of sinful men. There are doctrines of modern liberalism, just as tenaciously and intolerantly upheld as any doctrines that find a place in the historic creeds. In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will wnd.

If you are to purchase the book, I again would recommend you get a copy from a recognized publishing company. Is anyone writing this powerfully and persuasively at the same time today?

And in J.greshma presence we live. The liberalism of the 20th century addressed the Modern era, and now the Emerging church new liberalism addresses the postmodern era. Despite many of his “brethren” in the day, he held out that we must adhere to the divine, supernatural nature of all that Christianity entails or else forfeit the Gospel itself: Machen shows how liberal proponents want to call themselves Christian while denying the very foundational elements that make up the Christian faith.

But the phenomenon is not really so strange.

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It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. J.greshham does the whole Bible say about prayer? Liberslism God the father of all men? The blurb on the back says that “these issues remain in conflict today, testifying to the continuing relevance of this important work,” and clearly this book wouldn’t have been re-published if people didn’t agree with that. Machen’s classic defense of orthodox Christianity establishes the importance of scripural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bbible, Christ, salvation, and the church.


Really very good and to the point. The plain fact is that liberalism, whether it be true or false, is no mere “heresy”-no mere divergence at isolated points from Christian teaching. Make Christianity attractive by bringing in the thinking of the world around us.

Christianity and Liberalism

And it differs from Christianity not only in theology but in the whole of life. Machen, the founder of what would become the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, willingly admits his Reformed Protestant beliefs, but yet considers himself closer to a Roman Catholic than a liberal in his own denomination. One of the things I also lbieralism about Machen is how succinct and yet clear he is.

This was a really enjoyable read for my Historical Theology course.