I am reviewing this 1923 book in our “Old Book Update” for a few reasons. First, it is a classic and every Christian ought to know about it. Machen was one of the Princeton theologians who, along with B. B. Warfield, fought encroaching liberalism in the first part of this century. This book has been reprinted by Eerdmans in 1994 and sells for about $10. Second, not having read the book since seminary, I find it (and many other older books) interesting to read at this time. Our generation approaches any writing from before our time as antiquated and from an uninformed and pre-technological era. What I usually find is a style and depth of writing that is just the opposite. I am forced to slow down, think more deeply and accurately than with most contemporary Christian writers. We need that! Third, I also think that if you just forgot, or didn’t know that Machen was writing in 1923, you would think this book was written with a first-hand knowledge of the church today. If you just read Christianity Today’s current issue (5/20/96) on Postliberalism, you might think Machen wrote with that in view. His fight for the historical reality of Christianity in the face of the old liberal mythologizing, is totally relevant to our fight regarding Postliberalism’s metanarratives, separating the biblical text from the truth it represents.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]