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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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  • Doug D. Eigsti
  • 05-05-16

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.

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  • Augustine
  • 06-08-18

Machen at his best

J. Gresham Machen pulled no punches in excoriating the plague of liberalism that had invaded the church in the early 20th century. His concerns of a hundred years ago echo strongly now. Excellent read for anyone who loves the truth of scriptures.

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  • Donnie
  • 28-02-18

Deep study in the infectious disease of liberalism

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Much gleaned from it. The time it was written in matters not; still very relevant today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

True Christianity exposed

The point of view of this great man of the state of the church 20 years ago, is even more relevant today. There are some comprises that crucify Christ for a second time. Taking the word seriously is very important. It is great to hear such a scholarly approach to the soft and broad acceptance of a faulse gospal.

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  • Casey
  • 28-04-16

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.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-05-15

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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  • BeorntheBear
  • 19-05-22

If only the church had listened then

this book is a testament to the faithful men who have been drawing us back to the gospel for generations. If only the church had listened then, we wouldn't be where we are today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-22

Definitely recommend

It's a masterful work. it Clearly separates the gospel from the modernistic false gospel. the terms and definitions are clear and the message essential to Christiananity.

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  • Stephanie M.
  • 10-02-22

Relevent and convicting

This was a fantastic listen. Very relevent and I would even say necessary content for Christians today. Liberalism is infecting the churches across the US. Today they are called "progressives" but the doctrines and beliefs are neither progressive nor Christian. They are utter heresies. We Christians need to return to using our minds and study deeply on the word of God to combat these heresies and preach the truth in love. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that requires study under the grace and provision of our Lord Jesus! Even in non-liberal churches the emphasis on the mind and teaching deep doctrines has diminished and that is a very dangerous spot to be in.

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  • C
  • 28-12-21

interesting and worth the read

Dense as this book may seem, the content is interesting, and true to form, Machan did a wonderful job laying out truths throughout these pages.