The Christ the Center panelists interact with Dr. Darryl G. Hart about Dr. Fundamentalis, J. Gresham Machen. Machen, erstwhile professor of NT at Princeton Theological Seminary until its reorganization in 1929, was the pioneer of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and the denomination that would become known as the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Hart explains the historical and continuing contemporary significance of Machen as well intriguing details of his life and work. Among highlights of the conversation are Machen’s formation of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and the discussion of Machen’s literary legacy. While Machen was at the center of controversy with the establishment of Westminster, it was the founding of the IBPFM that led to his defrocking from the ministry in the PCUSA and his starting the OPC. Machen is well known for his popular and scholarly works. His best known scholarly tomes are The Origin of Paul’s Religion and The Virgin Birth. Machen produced many popular works such as What is Faith? and God Transcendent but the work he is best known for, and which still reads as fresh as it did when published seven decades ago is Christianity and Liberalism. Dr. Hart draws from his biography of Machen, The Defender of the Faith, and the edited work The Selected Shorter Writings of J. Gresham Machen. Listeners will go away from this program with a strong desire to enlist among Machen’s warrior children!
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