J. Gresham Machen is considered the last in the lineage of the Great Princeton Theologians, following in the steps of Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and B. B. Warfield. Machen taught at Princeton Seminary for almost 15 years and established himself as a well respected New Testament scholar. After a dispute that divided faculty members over an emerging modernist theology, Machen left Princeton and became one of the principal founders of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught until his death.
This classic defense of orthodox Christianity, written to counter the liberalism that arose in the early 1900s, establishes the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism has remained relevant through the years ever since its original publication in 1923. It was named one of the top 100 books of the millennium by World magazine and one of the top 100 books of the twentieth century by Christianity Today.
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- Argues that the only consistent way to oppose sentimentalism in religion is to maintain the truth of Christianity as an historical religion
- Illustrates a commitment to a high doctrine of inspiration
- Examines the crucial differences between Christianity and “liberalism”
- God and Man
- The Bible
- The Church
An admirable book. For its acumen, for its saliency, and for its wit, this cool and stringent defense of orthodox Protestantism is, I think, the best popular argument produced [in the controversy between Christianity and liberalism].
—Walter Lippmann, author, A Preface to Morals
It is my conviction that Machen’s book can still speak today. . . . Even for those who do not agree with his central thesis, Christianity and Liberalism can still be understood as representing one of the literary artifacts of a generation that had come to see liberalism as leading inexorably to a sentimentalized religion that had nothing to do with the God of the Bible or, indeed, with real life.
—Carl R. Trueman (from the foreword), Westminster Theological Seminary
Christianity and Liberalism deserves a place on every thinking Christian’s shelf.
—Trevin Wax, managing editor, The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources, author, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope
Frankly, it’s amazing to me how applicable this book is today. When we read a book about contentment or a book about putting sin to death, I expect it to remain applicable from generation to generation. But I am pleasantly surprised to find that this book, one written to battle theological error in a particular context, is equally applicable today.
—Tim Challies, blogger, author, www.discerningreader.com, Ontario, Canada
- Title: Christianity and Liberalism
- Author: J. Gresham Machen
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 176
About John Gresham Machen
John Gresham Machen (1881–1937) was professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary from 1915–1929. After a dispute against the emerging modernist theology at Princeton, Machen became one of the principal founders of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he taught until his death. Machen is considered the last of the great Princeton Theologians (after Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and B. B. Warfield), and his works reflect their tradition of conservative, Calvinist orthodoxy.