Machen's classic defense of orthodox Christianity established the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today. It was named one of the top 100 books of the millennium by World magazine and one of the top 100 books of the century by Christianity Today.
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"Liberalism is a Different Religion"
J. Gresham Machen has given us an invaluable treatise on just what Christianity is—and is not. He wants us to know that the historic Christian faith of Paul and the apostles is not what masquerades itself as Christianity these days.
Machen states his premise in the first chapter:
“The most serious concern of the Church: that is—the relation between Christianity and modern culture. May Christianity be maintained in a scientific age? It is this problem which modern Liberalism attempts to solve. Admitting that scientific objections against the particularities of the Christian religion, against the Christian doctrines of the person of Christ, and of redemption through His death and resurrection. The Liberal theologian seeks to rescue certain of the general principles of religion, of which these particularities are thought to be mere temporary symbols. And these general principles he regards of constituting the essence of Christianity.“
As defined by Machen, in true Christianity, Jesus is more than a good example of Christian living; he must be the very object of our worship. Machen goes so far as to define the modern liberal expression of Christianity as, not only a different religion, but is a completely different category of religions from true Christianity. This is an important book and will help make a distinction between true Biblical Christianity based on the person and work of Jesus Christ—who saves us from judgment to come—and from the liberal religion of the same name that directs its efforts toward saving society through social justice.
Pay Porter handles the narration and presents the text in a clear and easy to understand style.
"Compelling and Urgent"
Machen offered a clear distinction between classical, orthodox Christian theology and Liberal Protestant theology. In the 1920s, he saw the divide as urgently in need of honest address. It is no less note a century later.
Narration is good if occasionally showing an unnecessary hint of anger.
"Christianity Plain and Clear"
The main points of the christian faith are clearly exposed by Gresham Machen in order to refute liberalism. This work, though written in 1923, anticipates the controversies faced by christian churchs in recent time, as an effect of the development of liberals ideas. Christian ortodoxy, the author points, is chistianity plain and clear. Christian faith is not a mere way of life. It is a message based on facts and with an achievable meaning. The work great merit consist in explaining the christian message, pointing to the facts in with its based and giving its meaning.
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