J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937): The things that are sometimes thought the hardest to defend are also the things that are most worth defending

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“…the liberal attempt at reconciling Christianity with modern science has really relinquished everything distinctive of Christianity, so that what remains is in essentials only that same indefinite type of religious aspiration which was in the world before Christianity came upon the scene. In trying to remove from Christianity everything that could possibly be objected to in the name of science, in trying to bribe off the enemy by those concessions which the enemy most desires, the apologist has really abandoned what he started out to defend. Here as in many other departments of life it appears that the things that are sometimes thought the hardest to defend are also the things that are most worth defending.”

– J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937), Christianity & Liberalism, p. 6

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