Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Life of Faith

“Playing off of the New Testament analogy of the new birth, Machen points out that in birth one is passive, not contributing at all. He then adds, ‘But birth is followed by life: and though a man is not active in his birth he is active in the life that follows” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 113).

Christ: The Object of Faith

“Justification by faith is consequently crucial because it gets to the heart of saving faith. Machen puts the matter this way: ‘The efficacy of faith, then, depends not on the faith itself, considered as a psychological phenomenon, but upon the object of the faith, namely Christ” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 111).


“Is Christianity a true religion, in accordance with the facts of history, and therefore, because of that truthfulness, meaningful? Or does it become real and meaningful as it is borne out by experience?” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 83).

Succinct and Compelling

“These two books [Christianity and Liberalism and What Is Faith?] accomplish far more than a response to liberalism, as they offer succinct and compelling presentation of the Christian view of the Bible, Christ, God, humanity, salvation, and faith” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 79).

“[Examining 1 Corinthians 15 in The Origins of Paul’s Religion] Machen captures the essence of Paul’s summary of the gospel in the early verses of that chapter when he write, “‘Christ died’ — that is history; ‘Christ died for our sins’ — that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity.” The work of Christ in history provides the only sure basis for salvation, the truth which the church has been called to bear witness” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 89-90).


“. . . a faint picture emerges of Machen’s childhood, a blend of seriousness and high culture and laughter and pranks. And at the center of this upbringing was the Bible, the Shorter Catechism, and The Pilgrim’s Progress, all poured into the lives of the Machen boys by their mother” (Stephen J. Nichols, J. Gresham Machen, 25-26).