Podcast S1, Ep8 – Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

J.R. Waller, MBA

In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review Christianity and Liberalism: New Edition by J. Gresham Machen (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

J. Gresham Machen (founder of Westminster Theological Seminary) wrote this classic work of apologetics nearly 100 years ago.

Despite being a century old, its reasoning is as relevant today (if not more so) as it was back then. At the time of its publication the traditional church was being flooded by attacks from liberal theology, much of which we still face today.

The good news is that God’s word never changes neither do the many reasons for our faith. The world may devise new systems but we know the reality that “there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecc. 1:9 KJV)

As such our defense of the Christian faith must always be based on sound reasoning and the claims of Scripture alone. In this classic, Machen takes readers on a journey of comparison between liberalism and Christianity.

He looks at the differences between their approaches to understanding the Bible, Jesus, doctrine, salvation, the church and many other topics.

In so doing readers learn that liberalism and Christianity are incompatible and they gain valuable insights into defending the faith. There are many reasons why this classic is still read today. Its writing is compelling, its reasoning is sound and its topics pertain to every generation in every age.

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