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The following is a quote from the book Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen, copyright 1923.  This section is from page 176 and it is a summary of the things that needed to happen to fix the trend toward liberalism in the church.

In the fourth place – the most important thing of all- there must be a renewal of Christian education.  The rejection of Christianity is due to various causes.  But a very potent cause is simple ignorance.  In countless cases, Chritianity is rejected simply because men have not the slightest notion of what Christianity is.  An outstanding fact of recent Church history is the appalling growth of ignorance in the Church.  Various causes, no doubt, can be assigned for this lamentable development.  The development is due partly to the general decline of education – at least so far as literature and history are concerned.  The schools of the present day are being ruined by the absurd notion that education should follow the line of least resistance, and that something can be “drawn out” of the mind before anything is put in.  They are also being ruined by an exaggerated emphasis on methodology at the expense of content and on what is materially useful at the expense of the high spiritual heritage of mankind.  These lamentable tendencies, moreover, are in danger of being made permanent through the sinister extension of state control.

This just blew me away.  To think this was written over 80 years ago.

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