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Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America

Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook D.G. Hart » 0 Summary On American intellectual and cultural life But it also offers a distinctive and revealing perspective on the way we have come to assess and locate religion science and modernity in the early twentieth century This biography the first of Machen since 1955 originally appeared in 1994. Hart writes from a position of sympathy with Machen he attended Westminster Seminary but his affection for many of Machen s position does not cloud his judgment or ability to present Machen as he was warts and allI m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I began reading this book but I soon realized that this was not it That is not a bad thing I tremondously enjoyed Hart s academic style and colorful presentation of what most people would find incredibly boring information Oftentimes there was excessive technical jargon but for most people interested in this subject and Hart s work this will not be a problemIf you have read and enjoyed Longfield s The Presbyterian Controversy then you will also enjoy this book which provides detail and depth about one of the major conservative players in the fundamentalistmodernist controversy in the old Northern Presbyterian Church

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Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook D.G. Hart » 0 Summary J Gresham Machen 1881 1937 writes D G Hart was the scion of a prominent and genteel Balti family who studied at the finest American and European universities and while teaching at Princeton Seminary went on to become one of the United States's leading authorities in New Testament st. This is an excellent biography of an important figure DG Hart deftly contextualizes J Gresham Machen in the intellectual currents and cultural controversies of the early 20th century Machen emerges as a refreshing foil to the standard political and religious tropes of the late 20th century culture wars a brilliant fundamentalist with independent political views and intellectual integrity While one could argue that Hart perhaps reads too much of his own contrarian perspective back into Machen I can forgive him because part of the point I think is to undermine the tendency of other scholars lazily to insert culture wars dynamics into the modernistfundamentalist controversies of the 1920s Machen confounds their cherished whiggish self congratulatory binaries In the process Hart demonstrates rather convincingly that the people and politics of the past are complicated and contradictory than we give them credit for rarely supporting our own categories as much as we like to pretend

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Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook D.G. Hart » 0 Summary Udies Defending the Faith explains how a privileged and learned Protestant became embroiled in the religious disputes of the 1920s writes Hart This study he continues has much to tell us not just about the issues that unsettled some would say unseated mainstream Protestantism's hold. Defending the Faith is a fascinating portrayal of one of the most important figures in American Christianity during the last century J Gresham Machen Machen was perhaps the last of the great confessional Presbyterian scholars at Princeton Seminary and was perhaps the central figure in the fundamentalist controversy in the early 20th century He was a man of immense learning and intellect whose work was greatly respected by conservatives liberals and secularists alike Machen was the most formidable opponent of liberalism in the church contending that Christianity and Christian liberalism were in fact two entirely different religions who could not coexist united in any fashion but are of nature opposed to each other Interestingly enough however he did not fit neatly into the mold of fundamentalism either His arguments against liberalism were borrowed by secular humanists as much as they were by fundamentalists and in some respects had affinities with the former than the latter He won praise from men like HL Mencken and Walter Lippmann To uote Yale literary critic Harold Bloom upon reading Machen s tome Christianity and Liberalism I have just read my way through this with distaste and discomfort but with reluctant and growing admiration for Machen s mind I have never seen a stronger case made for the argument that institutional Christianity must regard cultural liberalism an enemy of faith If Machen a scholar and an intellect is rightly called a Fundamentalist then I must insist that Wally Amos Criswell and his swarm be called something else and Know Nothings will do very nicelyMachen was an orthodox Christian but he had little affinity for the revivalist heritage of fundamentalism He was a libertarian Democrat Democrats were likely to be small government federalists in Machen s day than today who opposed prohibition he believed in the separation of church and state and the spirituality of the church He was non committal on evolution opposed dispensationalism and strongly critical of ecumenical para church organizations All of these positions separated him from his fundamentalist allies Nevertheless in many ways Machen stands as the father of evangelical academia As conservative Christianity tried to develop a scholarly side after World War 2 they found themselves highly indebted to the work of Machen In the end his work culminated with a conservative exodus from the Northern Presbyterian Church to form the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the founding of Westminster Seminary to continue the legacy of Princeton once it had been lost to the liberals and moderate evangelicals Hart contends that without the efforts of Machen confessional Presbyterian in America may have been lost forever to the liberals and moderate evangelicals As for the book itself it is engrossing and very well written filled with fascinating detail about Machen s life and context The parallels between our own time and Machen s are striking as liberalism and moderate anti doctrinal and anti creedal evangelicalism threatens the church again and the some of very issues that Machen debated vigorously have arisen once again within the conservative wings of the church The only criticism I may have to offer is that I wish Hart had included material about Machen s founding of Westminster Seminary and it s early years Hart also accentuates Machen s standing alone between the forces of liberalism and fundamentalism which may be true in many respects but he was not without allies and influence as his founding of Westminster shows Highly influential scholars that Machen brought from Princeton to Westminster like Geerhardus Vos Cornelius Van Til and John Murray were barely even mentioned in the book and I wish there was about his relationships with them in the book It probably isn t fair to criticize a historian for what he didn t choose to write about however and what Hart did write about he did artfully and carefully I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested about the development of American Christianity


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    Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America D.G. Hart » 0 Summary [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart This is an excellent biography of an important figure DG Hart deftly contextualizes J Gresham Machen in the intellectual currents and cultural controversies of the early 20th century Machen emerges as a refreshi

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    [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart A decent biography and my differences with Hart aside probably one of the readable ones I think Hart overreads his own spirituality

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    [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart D G Hart b 1956 formerly head librarian at Westminster Seminary where most of the Machen papers are archived has here written a careful intellectual biography of perhaps the most gifted conservative American theologian of the early twentieth century As Hart well demonstrates Machen’s religious political and social view

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    [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart D.G. Hart » 0 Summary Very helpful introduction to a defender of orthodox Protestantism in America

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    Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » D.G. Hart D.G. Hart » 0 Summary Defending the Faith is a fascinating portrayal of one of the most important figures in American Christianity during the last century J Gresham Machen Machen was perhaps the last of the great confessional Presbyterian scholars at Princeton Seminary and was perhaps the central figure in the fundamentalist controversy in the early 20th century He was a man of immense learning and intellect whose work was greatly

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    Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » D.G. Hart [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart This is the biography of a very important man who very few people know of today Machen was born into a privileged life and established himself comfortably at Princeton where he enjoyed living among the intelligentsia teaching and training the country's best This suited him well and it was a life he loved and would not have left behind lightly But for some people study goes beyond the mind and settles in the heart and this was true

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    Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America D.G. Hart » 0 Summary [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart Fascinating biography of J Gresham Machen by DG Hart Hart's understanding of Machen and the surrounding religious political denominational and cultural landscape is a pleasure to read Machen is a very complicated f

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    Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America D.G. Hart » 0 Summary [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart Hart writes from a position of sympathy with Machen he attended Westminster Seminary but his affection for many of Machen's position does not cloud his judgment or ability to present Machen as he was warts and allI'm not

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    Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » D.G. Hart D.G. Hart » 0 Summary [Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America] Free ¾ D.G. Hart An extremely readable careful and balanced consideration of a fascinating man who played a vital role in the modernist vs fundamentalist debates of the 1920's and 30' Valuable not just for what it has to say about those times but for its cautionary note regarding the impact on conservative Protestantism when it

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    D.G. Hart » 0 Summary Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » D.G. Hart Summary Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America An excellent book of information if not as well written as one would have hoped The introduction to Machen's life as well as the feeling of the modernist controversy of the 20s is excellent and Hart's astute observations on Machen's

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  • Paperback
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  • Defending the Faith J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America
  • D.G. Hart
  • English
  • 11 June 2020
  • 9780875525631