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

Jun 13, Justin Andrusk rated it it was amazing. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today. Challenging book to get through as some of language is outdated, but nonetheless helpful for thinking critically through these theological issues. Vastly more important than all questions with regard to methods of preaching is the root question as to what it is that shall be preached.

Theological Liberalism essentially renders Christianity just another choice of moralistic religions, that we are all basically good, and can morally reform ourselves outside of God, amongst a host of other religions saying the same thing.

But the true way in which to examine a spiritual movement is in its logical relations; logic is the great dynamic, and the logical implications of any way of thinking are sooner or later certain to be worked out.

Is anyone writing this powerfully and persuasively at the same time today?

Christianity & Liberalism

Machen shows how j.fresham proponents want to call themselves Christian while denying the very foundational elements that make up the Christian faith. The doctrine of plenary inspiration does not deny the individuality of the Biblical writers; it does not ignore their use of ordinary means for acquiring information; it does not involve j.rgesham lack of interest in the historical situations which gave rise to the Biblical books.

Despairing, hoping, trembling, half-doubting and half-believing, ahd all to Jesus, we venture into the presence of the very God.

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This attempt at separation, as it is hoped the following pages may show, is open to objections of the most serious kind. View all 3 comments. Given that major Reformed denominations are glibly going towards liberalism under the name of “Social Justice,” Machen is more relevant than ever. He explained that Jesus was not just a liberxlism man who was simply meant to provide a moral example for us, but he was a supernatural person who appeased the wrath of God on behalf of sinners.

The grace of God is rejected by modern liberalism. He explained that Jesus was not just a mere man who was liberallsm meant to provide a A brilliantly simple defense of the historicity and necessity of Christianity, which is still remarkably applicable for our own day. This split was irreconcilable, and Machen led others to form the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Dec 16, James Smith rated it liked it. And a real sadness.

A 40 Quote Summary of J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism

On a personal note, I was floored by this book and gripped as it shattered to pieces thinking I have heard from liberals or those leaning liberal. And taken as a whole, even as it actually exists to-day, naturalistic liberalism is a fairly unitary phenomenon; it is tending more and more to eliminate from itself illogical remnants of Christian belief. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. My above review was completely wrong.

A 40 Quote Summary of J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism | Anchored in Christ

The mainline protestant churches have embraced an false theology and it has been entrenched for many decades. Sep 29, Mark Jr. I had to disagree of course, firmly but tactfully, not wanting to start a relationship with a potential employer with an explosive theological argument.

Yes, that’s right I did give this book 5 stars. The dangers are very real and the gospel itself is at stake. In total agreement with him. Quotes from Christianity and About half way through the book ,I found it a little easier to take. The book draws the lines in the sand on the things that cannot be compromised, one by one. One of the things that pleasantly surprised me about this book was its catholicity.


Jan 26, Tom F rated it it was amazing. Good for its time.

Yet, this man assumed that because I was educated as a religion major, I would be a member of an elite group of people who can wink at one another over the heads of the ignorant and superstitious masses. But he also saw an internal dynamic within liberalism that made its tenets into a slippery slope which I still see: Make Christianity attractive by bringing in the thinking of the world around us. j.gtesham

Machen walks through six specific areas in which liberalism departs from true Christianity: Adjust your doctrine — or just minimize doctrine — to attract the world, and in the very process of attracting them, lose the radical truth [the Gospel itself] that alone can set them free.

But if any one fact is clear, on the mcahen of this evidence, it is that the Christian movement at its inception was not just a way of life in the modern sense, but a way of life founded upon a message.

One of the things I also love about Machen is how succinct and yet clear he is. As with the liberalism in the 20th century that Machen addressed in this book, the Emerging Church will surely bring about the very eclipse of Christ and the Gospel the good news of redemption! Here is found the most fundamental difference between liberalism and Christianity-liberalism is altogether in the imperative mood, while J.greshaj begins with a triumphant indicative; liberalism appeals to man’s will, while Christianity announces, first, a gracious act of God.

It is this problem which modern liberalism attempts to solve.