Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism  -     By: Terry A. Chrisope
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Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism

Christian Focus Publications / 2001 / Paperback

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Church historians and other scholars are aware of the significance of J. Gresham Machen. He was the New Testamentprofessor at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1906 to1929, when he resigned to found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.55 (inches)
ISBN: 1857924398
ISBN-13: 9781857924398
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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.

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Professor of History and Bible at Missouri Baptist College, St Louis, Missouri.

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"In the last decade J. Gresham Machen has attracted the attention, and gained the appreciation, of even some Roman Catholic and main-line Protestant writers. Terry Chrisope's excellent study of Machen as a New Testament scholar adds another dimension to the understanding of this conservative theologian of the early 20th century who yet speaks into the post-modern culture of the 21st century. Machen upheld principles that still serve well the Christian faith more than two generations after his death in 1937."
"To follow Terry Chrisope as he follows Machen is not only a valuable exercise in historical study but a strengthening of one's faith in God's Word... Dr. Chrisope skilfully weaves in much valuable information about Machen and his times."

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    This is my History professor at Missouri Baptist College. An insightful look into Machen's intellectual struggle.
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