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Toward a Sure FaithJ. Gresham Machen and The Dilemma of Biblical Criticism

Toward a Sure Faith

J. Gresham Machen and The Dilemma of Biblical Criticism

Terry Chrisope
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J. Gresham Machen is one of the pivotal figures of modern theological thought. He was involved in many major theological battles, holding the line until he had to leave his seminary and denomination, but at no time being a close-minded obscurantist.

As David Calhoun says in his foreword 'with his rigorous methodology and his complete honesty, Machen in no way contributed to "the scandal of the evangelical mind". Machen was a thinker and a first rate theologian - but he carried his conclusions further than most would dare.

Previous biographies of Machen have tended to emphasise the disputes he was involved in and ignore his early intellectual development that led him to take the positions he did. Previous biographical attempts have tended to stereotype him as a fundamentalist (an identification which he himself generally rejected) and therefore fail to seriously consider Machen in his own terms and in the context of the broader intellectual currents of his day.

Terry Chrisope

About Terry Chrisope

Professor of History and Bible at Missouri Baptist College, St Louis, Missouri.


  • Author: Terry Chrisope
  • Release Date: January 1970
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781857924398
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Bible Study > Theology > General


... Chrisope has done us all a great service, and we must be grateful for his sympathetic and detailed treatment of a man and a period which remain in so many ways paradigmatic for students and scholars today.

Churchman Journal

"To follow Terry Chrisope as he follows Machen is not only a valuable exercise in historical study but a strengthening of one's faith in God's Word... Dr. Chrisope skilfully weaves in much valuable information about Machen and his times."

David Calhoun, (1937–2021) Professor of Church History, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
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