Christianity and Liberalism This classic defense of orthodox Christianity written to counter the liberalism that arose in the early s establishes the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberal

  • Title: Christianity and Liberalism
  • Author: J. Gresham Machen
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  • Page: 324
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  • 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 siThis 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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    1. If you enjoy underlining or highlighting important, insightful, or otherwise noteworthy passages in books, then just forget about with this one, because the entire piece from beginning to end will be marked.The book is simple in its organization and is laid out as follows:I. IntroductionII. DoctrineIII. God and ManIV. The BibleV. ChristVI. SalvationVII. The ChurchFrom the beginning of the book to the end, J. Gresham Machen, a true hero of the faith, pits the Christianity of historical orthodoxy [...]

    2. I read this because of Tim Challies's "Reading the Classics Together" program. One of the biggest takeaways is Machen's insistence that liberalism is not simply a different version of orthodox Christianity—it isn't Christianity. Read some quotes here, here, and here.

    3. Written in 1923, Machen addresses a system of theology encroaching upon the church that would bring about the sure eclipse of the very Gospel itself within the 20th century. It is important to note from the outset that this liberalism is not at all the same as modern political liberalism (though there are likely some fundamental philosophical similarities), but is rather theological liberalism. (In fact, Machen was strongly opposed to entering World War I and fought vigorously at the Congression [...]

    4. Several years ago, coming fresh from the cloister of Liberty University and looking for a career in the real world, I had a surreal experience during a job interview. The boss who was interviewing me noticed that I was a religion major and asked what I thought about all the people out there who still believed that Jesus was actually God. I was a bit taken aback by this question. I knew the man’s church to be a conservative, Bible-believing church, and I personally knew the man’s pastor likew [...]

    5. ”I have just read my way through this, with distaste and discomfort but with reluctant and growing admiration for Machen's mind. I have never seen a stronger case made for the argument that institutional Christianity must regard cultural liberalism an enemy of faith.” -Harold Bloom, The American ReligionBloom’s comment on this--Machen’s best-known book--will likely resonate quite pleasantly in Reformed circles for years to come. It’s easy to see why the book is a modern touchstone for [...]

    6. A brilliantly simple defense of the historicity and necessity of Christianity, which is still remarkably applicable for our own day. I am thankful for men like Machen who fought for the truth of the Bible in the dark days of Liberalism. He kept returning to the importance of the Creator/Creature distinction as the basis for our understanding of God and man. He emphasized the need for doctrine in order to know God. He explained that Jesus was not just a mere man who was simply meant to provide a [...]

    7. Stunningly relevant, though written almost 100 years ago, Machen boldly and compassionately addresses the difference between Christianity and Liberalism. I appreciated how Christ-centered he is in his arguments, making a case that it all comes down to whether or not one believes in and celebrates the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ. The chapter on "Salvation" towards the end is stellar. So grateful.

    8. Yes, that's right I did give this book 5 stars. It was both simple to read and rich in content for the grave consequences for abandoning orthodox Christianity and that liberalism is completely different religion and is NOT Christianity.

    9. This is one of the most important books in modern Christianity. Machen showed the difference between Christianity and "liberal Christianity" then, and the truths in the book still hold out against the emergent church movement today.

    10. Machen does an excellent job of showing that anti-supernatural liberalism deserves to be considered a different religion from Christianity, rather than a respectable variant of it, and hence that it should be viewed as destructive to souls.

    11. I apologize to the internet for not giving this classic five stars, but it simply didn't quite reach the level of incisiveness and helpfulness for me in my situation that Packer's analysis in "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God reached. It was, nonetheless, excellent. It was sad to see that we are facing some of the very same issues today, and in exactly the same way, that he faced in the early 20th century. This could have been written yesterday:Religion, it is said, is so entirely separate fr [...]

    12. There's a lot of good in this book. If I'm right that the central premise really is, "the cross and the resurrection are historical and central to the faith," then I agree. But there are also a lot of false dichotomies and blanket condemnations without much dialogue with things opponents actually said (I still don't really know what they believed, exactly). And a bonus: a lot of weird "sinister threat of the expanding state" nonsense that makes me wonder what the real motivations are here. I tak [...]

    13. 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 and again. Machen argues that liberalism is not Christianity but that it utilizes much of the Christian terminology so as to appear that it is somewhat orthodox.The book draws the lines in the sand on the things that cannot be compromised, one by one. Machen also gives the definitions that the liberals mean when they use some of the Christian words.First it is doc [...]

    14. Valuable analysis of modern liberal theology and its departure from the Christian faith. It struck me that, originally written in 1923, so many arguments put forth in this book are still arguments heard from liberal scholars today: primarily, the denial of all that remains fundamentally 'Christian' (the necessary substitutionary atonement of Christ, deity of Christ, salvation through Jesus alone, etc.) and yet still holding to the belief that one is a Christian. Machen shows how liberal proponen [...]

    15. A classic that never seems out of date. Machen clearly proves that liberal Christianity is not genuine Biblical faith. This edition has a wonderful forward by Carl Trueman that again highlights its importance and continuing relevance today. Truly a must read if you care about the Gospel, the church, and defending the faith!

    16. Truly a classic! Machen's defense of biblical orthodoxy is as relevant today as it was during the early decades of the 20th century. Machen effectively argues that theological liberalism, far from being a branch of Christianity is an entirely different religion.

    17. Although this book addresses issues specific to early 20th-century American Christianity, the arguments Machen makes are relevant for any time period. Machen also writes with a cogent, coherent style that writers in any genre would do well to emulate.

    18. While I demur on certain trajectories in this book, I think Machen's opening diagnosis of "liberalism" is both prescient and germane to contemporary debates. I recommend reading alongside Cardinal Newman's famous appendix to Apologia Pro Vita Sua, "On Liberalism."

    19. Machen offered a clear distinction between classical, orthodox Christian theology and Liberal Protestant theology. In the 1920s, he saw the divide as urgently in need of honest address. It is no less now a century later.

    20. This was a really enjoyable read for my Historical Theology course. It took courage for Machen to articulate these ideas in the midst of Liberal theology.

    21. Such an absolutely astonishing work with timeless poignance. He systematically uncovers the truth of liberal Christianity, or unorthodox Christianity. And the verdict is eternally condemning.

    22. Review title: True religion or fake news?Machen wrote this small gem in 1923 in response to the rise of what he saw as a modern threat to Christian doctrine from those who had begun to criticize the validity of Biblical sources and look for ways to adapt Christianity to modern scientific views. Other than a writing style that is noticeably stiff compared to typical writing now, this might have been written today. Perhaps the reason for the "New edition" is to put it in front of today's readers; [...]

    23. Today, when most Americans consider the word "liberalism", we think of a political philosophy or party. In the late 19th and into the early 20th century, however, there was a movement within the Protestant church known as Liberalism. While this religious movement does have some commonalities with political liberalism (a basic belief in man's goodness and a strong humanitarian ethic, for instance), in their particulars they are really two very different things. It is religious Liberalism which Ma [...]

    24. Despite the title of this book, it has nothing to do with politics. Well, it interacts with politics insofar as it critiques a Christianity that is only interested in dogooding. But primarily this book is a robust defense of the fundamental tenants of the Christian faith, and how by discarding the divinity of Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, the reality of sin and the need for repentance, a different religion from Christianity has been constructed.Despite his reputation, Machen is surpri [...]

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