Machen Day 2020

Ages well.

The purpose of this book is not to decide the religious issue of the present day, but merely to present the issue as sharply and clearly as possible, in order that the reader may be aided in deciding it for himself. Presenting an issue sharply is indeed by no means a popular business at the present time; there are many who prefer to fight their intellectual battles in what Dr. Francis L. Patton has aptly called a “condition of low visibility.” (Patton, in the introduction to William Hallock Johnson The Christian Faith Under Modern Searchlight, [1916], p. 7.) Clear-cut definition of terms in religious matters, bold facing of the logical implications of religious views, is by many persons regarded as an impious proceeding. May it not discourage contribution to mission boards? May it not hinder the progress of consolidation, and produce a poor showing in columns of Church statistics? But with such persons we cannot possibly bring ourselves to agree. Light may seem at times to be an impertinent intruder, but it is always beneficial in the end. The type of religion which rejoices in the pious sound of traditional phrases, regardless of their meanings, or shrinks from “controversial” matters, will never stand amid the shocks of life. In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight. In the sphere of religion, in particular, the present time is a time of conflict; the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it makes use of traditional Christian terminology. (1-2)

4 thoughts on “Machen Day 2020

  1. I always love it when you quote Machen–and I always benefit from the quotes. You are right: this quote does indeed “age well.” And it is very needed for our day. Thank you, Dr. Hart.

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  2. Praise God for the vision and work of Tolle Lege Institute. Thanks for sharing about the Institute through the website link you posted. Thank you for your heart for the Reformation and for the Holy Spirit’s work in Poland.

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  3. You are most welcome, and all glory to God! Dr. Dariusz Bryc’ko Is such a faithfully Reformed and Presbyterian minister and Reformation scholar. His wife Brooke is a remarkable professional editor, as well as devoted wife, mother, and Polish school teacher. God is at work in Warsaw!

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