J. Gresham Machen: Selected Shorter WritingsJ. Gresham Machen: Selected Shorter Writings
D.G. Hart, ed.
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D.G. Hart, the editor of this superb volume, has collected 46 of Machen's shorter writings and organized them into 10 different categories. In amassing this selection of writings, Hart hopes to reveal the depth and complexity of Machen's thought. Although Machen is often viewed as a typical Fundamentalist, the writings collected here cast doubts on such unnuanced and myopic caricatures. One section in the volume on Christianity and culture reveals Machen's progressive social thought, which does not follow what one might expect from a conservative Presbyterian minister. In a similar vein, another section contains writings which explore the relation of Machen to Fundamentalism. Interestingly, Machen's thought differs from Fundamentalism at several key points and Machen himself prefers "Calvinist" as a better description of his theological identity than the term "Fundamentalist." As a whole, this fine volume presents a compelling and at times surprising portrait of this Presbyterian stalwart, who continues to offer much wisdom to the church today.

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Introduction: The Forgotten Machen?

Part One: Christ and the Witness of Scripture

1. What the Bible Teaches about Jesus
2. The Witness of Paul
3. The Witness of the Gospels
4. The Virgin Birth of Christ
5. The Resurrection of Christ

Part Two: Christianity and Modern Substitutes

6. What Is Christianity?
7. History and Faith
8. Does Fundamentalism Obstruct Social Progress?
9. What Fundamentalism Stands for Now
10. What Is the Gospel?

Part Three: The Task of Christian Scholarship

11. Christian Scholarship and Evangelism
12. Christian Scholarship and the Defense of the Faith
13. Christian Scholarship and the Building Up of the Church
14. The Necessity of the Christian School
15. Forty Years of New Testament Research

Part Four: Theological Education

16. Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan
17. Facing the Facts before God
18. Consolations in the Midst of Battle
19. Servants of God or Servants of Men
20. The Minister and His Greek Testament

Part Five: The Nature and Mission of the Church

21. The Parting of the Ways
22. The Mission of the Church
23. The Christian View of Missions
24. The Truth about the Presbyterian Church
25. Is There a Future for Calvinism in the Presbyterian Church?
26. The New Presbyterian Hymnal

Part Six: The Presbyterian Controversy

27. Statement to the Special Commission of 1925
28. Statement to the Committee to Investigate Princeton
29. The Attack upon Princeton Seminary: A Plea for Fair Play
30. Statement to the Presbytery of New Brunswick

Part Seven: Church and Society

31. Christianity and Liberty
32. The Responsibility of the Church in Our New Age
33. The Church in the War
34. Voices in the Church
35. Statement on the Eighteenth Amendment

Part Eight: Christianity and Culture

36. Christianity and Culture
37. Relations between Jews and Christians
38. The Christian and Human Relationships
39. Mountains and Why We Love Them
40. The Benefits of Walking

Part Nine: Reviews

41. Review of Speer's Some Living Issues
42. Review of Fosdick's Modern Use of the Bible
43. Review of McGiffert's God of the Early Christians
44. Review of Mullins's Christianity at the Cross Roads
45. Karl Barth and "The Theology of Crisis"

Part Ten: Autobiographical

46. Christianity in Conflict

For Further Reading