J Gresham Machen

J Gresham Machen

Ned B Stonehouse



606 pages, Banner of Truth , ISBN: 9781848718746

14.48 x 3.81 x 22.35 cm , 1 volume(s), 991

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Reviews mostly by Dr Peter Masters

(1881-1937) Machen led the separation from Princeton and a compromised denomination, and founded Westminster Theological Seminary. A brilliant mind, he stands as one of the most important figures of his time. This is the standard work on Machen by his colleague and successor at Westminster Seminary.


Publisher's note.

Church History & Biography

John Gresham Machen (1881–1937) was one of the most significant figures in the evangelical church throughout the twentieth century. He is best known through his vision for a truly evangelical presbyterian church in the USA, and as the founder of Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania.

Gifted with an incisive mind which was finely tuned to the highest level of scholarship, he placed above all else his concern for Christ’s gospel and the reliability of the Scriptures. For these he was prepared to suffer opposition, abuse, and even rejection.

In the Philadelphia seminary, Machen gathered around him a team of men, including Cornelius Van Til, Paul Woolley, John Murray, and Ned Stonehouse, whose work took on international significance, and brought guidance to Christian scholarship and wisdom to the entire Christian church.

Machen laid everything he possessed in tribute at the feet of Christ. He was, so to speak, a rich, young ruler in the church of God who sold all to follow his Master. He was deeply concerned to bring his warmhearted and accurate exposition of the gospel to the entire church. Such works of his as God Transcendent, The Christian View of Man, and An Introduction to the New Testament, have put many readers in his debt.

‘In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight.’ — MACHEN


List of Illustrations xi
Preface xiii
Preface to the Second Edition xvii
1 Machens and Greshams 1
2 Growing Up in Baltimore 31
3 The Decision for Princeton Seminary 53
4 Undergraduate in Theology 69
5 New Horizons in Europe 89
6 Deepening Conflict 119
7 An Astonishing Decision 139
8 Life at Princeton 1906-1914 157
9 Early Teaching and Writing 187
10 Ordination and Installation 211
11 At the Cross Roads 237
12 The Road to World War 271
13 At the Front 291
14 Final Months in France 321
15 In Post-War America 339
16 First Major Book 359
17 Christianity and Liberalism 383
18 Explosive Developments 403
19 Valley of Humiliation 427
20 Questions of Faith and Life 455
21 A Fateful Investigation 475
22 Farewell to Princeton 501
23 The Beginnings of Westminster 521
24 Foreign Missions in the Balance 551
25 The Closing Scene 581