J. Gresham Machen: The Origin of Paul’s Religion

I have created a PBB resource of J. Gresham Machen’s book, The Origin of Paul’s Religion. You can download it by clicking on the attachment link below.

Machen taught at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1915 to 1929 and was the last of the “great” Princeton theologians, including B.B. Warfield and Charles Hodge. Machen was a contemporary of the prolific Geerhardus Vos, who also taught at Princeton.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Machen for founding Westminster Theological Seminary, my alma mater, and for establishing the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I was licensed and ordained in the OPC.

Unfortunately, many of Machen’s great works are still under copyright. These include Christianity and Liberalism, The Virgin Birth of Christ, and his Greek Grammar that many of us cut our teeth on in learning Greek. Thankfully, The Origin of Paul’s Religion is in the public domain and is now ready for you to enjoy. A good quote I culled from the first chapter gives a hint of what the book is about: “Explain the origin of the religion of Paul, and you have solved the problem of the origin of Christianity.”

As he was facing death from pneumonia, in the last days of his life he wrote a telegram to colleague John Murray containing the much-quoted and brilliant line, “I’m so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it.”