Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism

Darryl G. Hart speaks about J. Gresham Machen’s classic work, Christianity and Liberalism. In becoming familiar the content and historical context of this book, people will gain an understanding not only of twentieth century Presbyterianism but also of global Christianity to a degree. And in contemplating the lessons of this era, people will also be better equipped to meet the challenges that face the contemporary church.

Westminster Seminary Press has issued a new edition of Machen’s classic work and has included new essays by the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary, the institution Machen founded in 1929 after the reorganization of the board of Princeton Seminary.

Dr. D. G. Hart is Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College and the author or co-author of many books on American religious history, including Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American PresbyterianismDefending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern Americaand The Selected Shorter Writings of J. Gresham Machen.

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7 months ago

This is a great listen!

Here’s a blog post where I initially disagree with Dr. Hart regarding Machen and the Scopes trial, only to contradict myself and ultimately appreciate that Machen put first things first. I do believe that both IDers and biblical creations critique the science of evolution but Ken Ham types do dabble in Bible as science textbook rhetoric… https://www.renewamerica.com/columns/castellitto/190222

Anyway, I also found myself a bit torn and confused when I first familiarized myself with the FvsM debate as many of the fundamentalist points are foundational but theology and doctrine is even more so… which is why I’m Reformed.

Machen and his epic work C&L is vital and prophetic in his take on the preservation of truth, church, doctrine and theology above liberalization and political motivations.


7 months ago

….against liberalization and above political motivations.

Richard Lindberg

7 months ago

My introduction to Christianity and Liberalism came in a rather ironic way. I was a student at Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary in 1971-1972. Our seminary banquet that year was held at the Fountain Street Church, aka the liberal church. The door prize, or, at least, one of the prizes, was a copy of Machen’s book. To receive a copy of his book at a dinner in a church known as the liberal church seemed rather ironic. I have treasured his book since then and have read it several times. What he wrote in the 1920s is appropriate in this day as it was then.


7 months ago

Could you link to Hart’s lectures on Machen? I couldn’t find them online.



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