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Education, Christianity, and the State

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J. Gresham Machen rightfully should be considered one of the heroes of the Christian faith in the 20th century. Though he died in 1937, his legacy of thoughtful Biblical scholarship and vision remain. The Christian school and home school movements owe a debt of gratitude to Machen’s understanding of the necessity of Christian education.

Education, Christianity, and the State is a collection of articles and speeches by J. Gresham Machen on the topic of education. One of the key components of this book is his prescient opposition to the establishment of a federal Department of Education. Well before the creation of the behemoth bureaucracy known as the U.S. Department of Education, Machen appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor in February 1926 and testified against the proposed creation of this department. Machen well recognized the slavery that a Federal Department of Education would bring.

Education, Christianity, and the State is more than just a polemic against government education. It is also a positive argument in favor of Christian education and Christian scholarship. He deals with the false attempt to separate knowledge and spirituality. The cause of Christ in America has for many years been harmed by an anti-intellectual attitude found in too many churches and schools. Machen shows the disastrous results of such thinking as well as the solutions that the Word of God brings. All Christian parents, teachers, and students should be familiar with Machen’s work and ideas so that we may better seek to advance the cause of Christ in our own day.

Chapter Titles:

1. Faith and Knowledge
2. The Importance of Christian Scholarship
3. Christianity and Culture
4. Reforming the Government Schools
5. The Necessity of the Christian School
6. Shall We Have a Federal Department of Education
7. Proposed Department of Education
8. The Christian School: The Hope of America
9. Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan

ISBN: 0-940931-19-2


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  1. Amazingly relevant 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12/23/2013

    After I read the first few pages of the first chapter, I flipped back to see the footnote. It was written in 1925! How profound and relevant it is! I would recommend all parents to read it.



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