Christianity & Liberalism: 100th Anniversary Edition

Machen, J Gresham; DeYoung, Kevin (foreword by)

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One of Christianity Today’s “100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century”, J. Gresham Machen’s earnest case for true, biblical faith and communion in Jesus Christ has been read around the world for 100 years. Originally published in 1923, this new edition features a brand-new foreword by Kevin DeYoung and is issued with the hope and prayer that the next century will be celebrated as one of reformation and renewal for Christ’s church throughout the world.

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“Christianity and Liberalism could have been written last Thursday. Many of Machen’s descriptions of mainline Protestantism are surprisingly close to trends in evangelicalism today. Even many non-Christian reviewers concluded Machen demonstrated that theological liberalism represents a different religion from Christianity. This is a classic and should be read by anyone who wants to understand the great Protestant apostasy.”

Michael S. Horton J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology & Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“No book is more prescient for our anti-Christian age than Machen’s Christianity & Liberalism, a book that extols the Gospel’s distinctive power. In this powerful book, Machen boldly took on the heretics of his day, leaving for us a model of Christian courage.”

Rosaria Butterfield author, The Gospel Comes with a Housekey

“I first read Machen’s Christianity & Liberalism in my early 20s, about 40 years ago. It crystallized convictions that had been forming in me in my university years in the midst of the theological tumult of those days (the late 1970s and early 1980s were a time in which the doctrine of Scripture was a focal point of debate in historic Protestant colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools, as well as denominations). Re-reading it closely this year, for the first time in four decades, I am struck by its continued importance. It is truly seminal. For instance, I think that I find in a few pages of Machen’s Introduction the core idea of David Wells’ whole No Place for Truth project stated in a few sentences, but 70 years in advance. It is my hope that this new edition will encourage the younger generation of confessional Reformed Protestants to hold fast to historic, Bible-believing, theologically orthodox Christianity, and to recognize and resist the appropriation of theological liberalism in evangelical circles.”

Ligon Duncan Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary