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J. Gresham Machen ‘was one of the most colourful and controversial figures of his time, and it is doubtful that in the ecclesiastical world of the twenties and thirties any religious leader was more constantly in the limelight’. Machen was a scholar, Professor at Princeton and Westminster Seminaries, church leader, apologist for biblical Christianity, and one of the most eloquent defenders of the faith in the twentieth century.

God Transcendent is a collection of Machen’s addresses. It shows, perhaps more clearly than any of his books, why he was such a great man. In these messages, Machen expounds the greatness and glory of God, the wonder and power of the gospel and the exhilaration of serving Christ in the front line of spiritual warfare.They show why Machen fought so tenaciously for biblical truth against error: ‘It is impossible to be a true soldier of Jesus Christ and not fight’.

This series of popular messages, includes Machen’s famous address, The Active Obedience of Christ, delivered only weeks before his death on January 1, 1937.

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Table of Contents:  

 1. God Transcendent 15
 2. Isaiah’s Scorn of Idolatry 22
 3. The Fear of God 28
 4. Sin’s Wages and God’s Gift 34
 5. The Issue in the Church 41
 6. The Letter and the Spirit 52
 7. The Brotherhood in Christ 59
 8. The Claims of Love 67
 9. The Living Saviour 74
 10. Justified by Faith 86
 11. The Gospel and Modern Substitutes 93
 12. The Separateness of the Church 104
 13. Prophets False and True 116
 14. The Good Fight of Faith 128
 15. Constraining Love 141
 16. The Creeds and Doctrinal Advance 157
 17. Christ Our Redeemer 168
 18. The Doctrine of the Atonement 177
 19. The Active Obedience of Christ 187
 20. The Bible and the Cross 197


J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) was professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1936 Machen was instrumental with others in founding what became the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and was its first Moderator.