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.
"For Machen, although Christianity and liberalism sounded much alike, they were, in essence, two different religions. The first was the revealed religion of the Lord Jesus Christ; the second was a manmade reconstruction of the former that intended to make that religion palatable to minds that had imbibed the tenets of autonomous reason trumpeted by post-Enlightenment theologians. The steps from the appearance of Machen’s groundbreaking work to the birth of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia can be traced with unbroken historical clarity."
Peter Lillback (From the Foreword)
“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 (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. His books include Christianity & Liberalism, The Christian View of Man and The Person of Christ.