J. Gresham Machen


Born
in The United States
July 28, 1881

Died
January 01, 1937

Genre

Influences


John Gresham Machen was an influential American Presbyterian theologian in the early 20th century. He was the Professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary between 1915 and 1929, and led a conservative revolt against modernist theology at Princeton and formed Westminster Seminary as a more orthodox alternative. This split was irreconcilable, and Machen led others to form the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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Christianity and Liberalism

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New Testament Greek for Beg...

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What is Faith?

4.41 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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The Christian View of Man

4.25 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1937 — 4 editions
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The Person of Jesus: Radio ...

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Education Christianity & th...

4.06 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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J. Gresham Machen's The Gos...

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God Transcendent

4.29 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1991
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Selected Shorter Writings

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The New Testament: An Intro...

4.03 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1976 — 2 editions
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“Place the lives of children in their formative years, despite the convictions of their parents, under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist.”
J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism

“For Christians to influence the world with the truth of God's Word requires the recovery of the great Reformation doctrine of vocation. Christians are called to God's service not only in church professions but also in every secular calling. The task of restoring truth to the culture depends largely on our laypeople.

To bring back truth, on a practical level, the church must encourage Christians to be not merely consumers of culture but makers of culture. The church needs to cultivate Christian artists, musicians, novelists, filmmakers, journalists, attorneys, teachers, scientists, business executives, and the like, teaching its laypeople the sense in which every secular vocation-including, above all, the callings of husband, wife, and parent--is a sphere of Christian ministry, a way of serving God and neighbor that is grounded in God's truth. Christian laypeople must be encouraged to be leaders in their fields, rather than eager-to-please followers, working from the assumptions of their biblical worldview, not the vapid clichés of pop culture.”
J. Gresham Machen

“A public-school system, if it means the providing of free education for those who desire it, is a noteworthy and beneficent achievement of modern times; but when once it becomes monopolistic it is the most perfect instrument for tyranny which has yet been devised. Freedom of thought in the middle ages was combated by the Inquisition, but the modern method is far more effective.’ (1923)”
J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism