Christianity & Liberalism: Legacy Edition by J. Gresham Machen


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PublisherWestminster Seminary Press
AuthorsJ. Gresham Machen

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Westminster Seminary Press.  lfpb.  296pp.

Long heralded as a “classic defense of orthodox Christianity,” Christianity and Liberalism has had a profound influence in the church since its publication in 1923. With precision, insight, and a palpable devotion to the Christ of scripture, Machen alerted the church to the critical distinction between real faith in biblical truth and the devastating deterioration of that faith in the tenets of liberal theology.

This Legacy Edition of Christianity and Liberalism was specially produced to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Westminster Theological Seminary, the seminary J. Gresham Machen founded in 1929. Accompanying the text are 18 new essays by the current faculty of Westminster. These essays discuss the history of the book and the seminary, and the impact of Machen’s thought on apologetics, hermeneutics, preaching and more.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Peter A. Lillback

Introduction to the Legacy Edition by David B. Garner

Christianity and Liberalism

1. Introduction

2. Doctrine

3. God and Man

4. The Bible

5. Christ

6. Salvation

7. The Church

The Legacy of Christianity and Liberalism: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary

“Machen and History” by Chad Van Dixhoorn

“J. Gresham Machen, Fundamentalism, and Westminster Seminary” by Peter A. Lillback

“Machen and Apologetics” by William Edgar

“Machen and Philosophy” by K. Scott Oliphint

Christianity and Liberalism and Preaching” by John Currie

Christianity and Liberalism and the Church” by Alfred Poirier

“The Value of Christianity and Liberalism to World Missions” by R. Kent Hughes

“Machen and Scholarship” by Sandy Finlayson

“Machen and Liberalism” by R. Carlton Wynne

“Machen on the True Christian Religion” by Lane G. Tipton

“Salvation’s Center: The Sufferings of Christ and the Glories that Follow” by Iain Duguid

“The Historicity of Adam: A Gospel Presupposition” by Jonathan Gibson

Christianity and Liberalism and the Old Testament as History” by Elizabeth W. D. Groves

Christianity and Liberalism and Biblical Prophecy” by Stephen M. Coleman

“Machen and Christ’s View of the Old Testament” by G.K. Beale

Christianity and Liberalism and the Gospels” by Brandon D. Crowe

Christianity and Liberalism and Hermeneutical Presuppositions” by Vern S. Poythress



J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) was a professor at Princeton Seminary. He founded Westminster Seminary in 1929, and led the formation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1936. 



“J. Gresham Machen was one of the most prescient and courageous Christian theologians of the early 20th century. During his life, Machen was a clear and consistent voice for Christian orthodoxy and evangelical truth in the face of liberalism…Machen’s works are as relevant now as they were when they were first written.” – Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I have read Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen multiple times for multiple reasons. Each time has been a blessing for my life and ministry. As I now read this anniversary edition I am astonished at how relevant it is for the challenges facing the evangelical and reformed church today. It is only enhanced through the insightful essays provided by the faculty of Westminster Seminary. You must read it and read all of it!” – Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III, Pastor Teacher, Briarwood Presbyterian Church

“Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism is as relevant today as it was almost a hundred years ago when he wrote, powerfully defining true and biblical Christianity. This volume is especially valuable as his spiritual heirs at Westminster relate Machen’s thought to the church today.” – Dr. Richard Phillips

“J. Gresham Machen played a major role in challenging Christians not to withdraw from the culture but to have a Kingdom perspective. Not only did Machen understand the issues of the 1920’s America culture, but he wrote in such a manner that he speaks to us almost 100 years later in a contemporary tone. This book is for Christians, and especially for Christian leaders, to see how Machen’s perspective helps our understanding of similar issues today. I think the original copyright could just as well read 2019 instead of 1923. How he dealt with the strategic issues of his day gives us a model to enable us to do the same today. Christianity and Liberalism is a clear guide book for us.” – Dr. Charles Dunahoo, Author of Making Kingdom Disciples, Coordinator of Christian Education and Publications, PCA (1976-2012)

“I first encountered J. Gresham Machen’s work as an undergraduate student grappling with modern challenges to the Christian faith. I found in him a mind passionate for the truth and a heart aflame with the gospel.”  – Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School

“J. Gresham Machen was a man of his times, enmeshed in protracted and penetrating conflict over the triumphant liberalism of his day. He was also a man who transcended his times, because he undertook, with rare learning and clear–sighted understanding, the defense of the faith ‘once for all entrusted to God’s holy people’ (Jude 3). His Christianity and Liberalism, for instance, written almost a century ago, still sounds amazingly prophetic…Machen is always worth reading. ” – D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“That Christianity and Liberalism did emerge as a kind of Christian classic, and that it continues to impact the thinking of Christian people after a century of turbulent change, is often attributed to the author’s prescience. He saw the road that liberalism was taking and was able to describe the movement so incisively that his book is still relevant almost a century later. ” – Chad Van Dixhoorn, Westminster Theological Seminary

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