Defending the Faith: J Gresham Machen
"One of the great achievements of Hart's biography is his contextualization of Machen, in which these anomalies resolve themselves into a coherent if not always attractive personality... What makes Hart's achievement remarkable is the skill with which he has synthesized...
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"One of the great achievements of Hart's biography is his contextualization of Machen, in which these anomalies resolve themselves into a coherent if not always attractive personality... What makes Hart's achievement remarkable is the skill with which he has synthesized these interpretive pieces into a readable and compelling narrative."--Allen C. Guelzo, "Christianity Today."
"Hart's portrait of Machen provides a novel perspective that merits the attention of those interested not just in fundamentalism but in the place of faith in modern America."--Bradley J. Longfield, "Christian Century."
In this critical biography of J. Gresham Machen, the author sets out to reveal the complexity and broader implications of Machen's religious conservatism. The son of a prominent Baltimore family, Machen studied at leading universities in the United States and Europe and taught for most of his career at Princeton Theological Seminary. Machen's significance, Hart explains, lies in his apparent contradictions. Hart argues that Machen's defence of traditional Christianity - and his criticisms of mainstream Protestantism - actually complemented many of the forces of modernity. Demanding that churches restrict their activities to religious endeavours, Machen rejected the project of preserving "Protestant America". His insistence on strict enforcement of Calvinist orthodoxy in the Presbyterian Church went hand in hand with ardently libertarian views on many social and political issues.
Dr. Darryl G. Hart (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is Director for Partnered Projects at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to this he taught church history and served as academic dean at Westminster Seminary California and directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and taught American history at Wheaton College.
He is the author of numerous books and articles, including John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinist; A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State; Seeking a Better Country: Three Hundred Years of American Presbyterianism (co-author); Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Era of Billy Graham; Recovering Mother Kirk: The Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition and The Lost Soul of American Protestantism. -Editorial Review.