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Machen, J. Greshamlocked

(28 July 1881–01 January 1937)
  • D. G. Hart

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Machen, J. Gresham (28 July 1881–01 January 1937), educator and theologian, was born John Gresham Machen in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Arthur Webster Machen, a lawyer, and Mary Gresham. Machen grew up in a prominent and affluent family that was part of a circle of southern gentry who had moved to Baltimore after the Civil War. In this setting Machen developed a deep affection for classical literature, rare books, and the heritage of the Old South. The Machen home also fostered a strong allegiance to the faith and practice of southern Presbyterianism even though the piety of Baltimore’s wealthy Presbyterians was a good deal more genteel than the spirituality of previous generations....

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