QUOTE (J. Gresham Machen) – Jan 1

January 1, 2015

English: Rev.John Gresham Machen. Orthodox Pre...

“Faith is indeed intellectual; it involves an apprehension of certain things as facts; and vain is the modern effort to divorce faith from knowledge. But although faith is intellectual, it is not only intellectual. You cannot have faith without having knowledge; but you will not have faith if you have only knowledge.”
~ J. Gresham Machen

In honor of J. Gresham Machen, Presbyterian scholar and defender of the Christian faith, who died on this day in 1937.

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  1. Faith is a subject of great importance to me and has been since my first Bible teaching at a church camp in Michigan when I was a rising sophomore in high school back in the mid 1950s. Almost 60 years later, I am still yearning to know more about faith, not just to increase my knowledge but to increase my demonstration of faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Thanks for sharing the statement from J. Gresham Machen.

  2. Wow didn’t know he died on New Years day! I enjoy his works!

  3. I like this quote. It is easy to err on either side–focusing too much on the intellect, or too much on the emotions–rather than recognizing that faith in Christ impacts our whole being. As I have struggled to challenge emotions that contradict the truth, I have realized the importance of intaking God’s Word as the Spirit transforms me, in every way. Glad to find this blog! -R

  4. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    So very true.

  5. Machen is well worth a read. His “Virgin Birth of Christ” is a great piece of careful research, and his “Christianity and Liberalism” is one of the clearest explanations of Christianity that I’ve read (http://www.reformed.org/books/chr_and_lib/).

  6. how would you personally define faith?

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