J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought

J Gresham Machen A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought An introductory guide to the life and works of J Gresham Machen His major works are introduced and summarized Also discussed are his pastoral writings

  • Title: J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought
  • Author: Stephen J. Nichols
  • ISBN: 9780875526201
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • An introductory guide to the life and works of J Gresham Machen His major works are introduced and summarized Also discussed are his pastoral writings.

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    1. In my preparation to read his classic "Christianity and Liberalism," I read as many secondary sources widely available on Machen. Having thumbed through the magisterial treatment of Machen by Stonehouse and Hart, this introductory volume serves to bridge the gap between seeing the trees and not missing the forest at the same time. As noted above, this book is largely an introduction to the thought and life of Machen. Although Hart and Stonehouse have done masterful jobs at covering Machen, Nicho [...]

    2. I totally enjoyed this book.Machen's life serves as a reminder that we must always contend for the Faith. It Never stops this side of Heaven!

    3. A Good Overview of Machen's Life and ThoughtIn this world where "progressive Christianity" and traditional Christianity still clash, it's good to know that the debate has been going on for awhile. Machen fought tirelessly for the true gospel, as this book chronicles. Only God knows what would have happened if Machen's had not been cut short in 1937. Still his legacy continues and are blessed to have been pointed back to the truth by Machen's life and writing

    4. Machen had a reputation for being divisive. He believed that "controversy of the right sort is good" -- that is, he believed that it is always right to fight for truth, and that the result of such fights is often the salvation of souls. As Stephen Nichols reviews what Machen fought for, it is easy to see that he was standing for important doctrines, such as the divinity of Christ and the virgin birth. These were not hairsplitting, secondary matters, but doctrines of central importance to Christi [...]

    5. This book was an interesting hybrid of biography and general non-fiction, in that it went through Machen's life and quoted from sermons and writings, tying them to certain periods in his life. The positive part: I was able to learn about his life and also read some of his own words. The negative: I didn't get as much information as a traditional biography would provide, and I would prefer to read things in context rather than brief excerpts. The best thing about this book was the reminder that m [...]

    6. Great book. I'm happy to suggest it as a good introduction to the life of Machen and his work. Not as thorough as D.G. Hart's or Stonehouses' bios, but Nichols makes good use of his space and probably gives a better introduction to his Machen's work than most. The select guide to books by and on Machen is particularly helpful. Nichols is a good writer, so it's also an enjoyable book.

    7. I enjoyed the book, it gave me a better understanding of Machen and his motivations during the later portion of his life. It also impressed upon me the history of the challenges of liberalization within the church, the Presbyterian church in particular.

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