Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism
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Machen is best known as a capable apologist for Christianorthodoxy, especially through the publication of his masterful Christianity and Liberalism. That he is recognized as a significant figure is shown by one of his sermons being included in the publication American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr.
A major question facing Machen, and which still faces Christians today, is whether or not Biblical authority can be maintained in the face of modern historical scholarship. Machen knew the critical views firsthand, and often felt the appeal of liberal positions, so his answers are the product of hard fought battles. Machen arrived at his conclusions using a rigorous methodology and honesty.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2001
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J. Gresham Machen is one of the pivotal figures of modern theological thought. He was involved in many major theological battles, holding the line until he had to leave his seminary and denomination, but at no time being a close-minded obscurantist.
As David Calhoun says in his foreword 'with his rigorous methodology and his complete honesty, Machen in no way contributed to "the scandal of the evangelical mind". Machen was a thinker and a first rate theologian - but he carried his conclusions further than most would dare.
Previous biographies of Machen have tended to emphasise the disputes he was involved in and ignore his early intellectual development that led him to take the positions he did. Previous biographical attempts have tended to stereotype him as a fundamentalist (an identification which he himself generally rejected) and therefore fail to seriously consider Machen in his own terms and in the context of the broader intellectual currents of his day.
john5 Stars Out Of 5July 26, 2001johnThis is my History professor at Missouri Baptist College. An insightful look into Machen's intellectual struggle.
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