Dr. Fundamentalis – the Respect of HL Mencken for J Gresham Machen

Here is HL Mencken’s obituary of J Gresham Machen, the founder of my seminary, Westminster Theological. Mencken was an arch-cynic whose caustic columns for the Baltimore Sun influenced opinion leaders probably more than any other journalist during his time. He is perhaps best known for his scathing screeds against the Fundamentalists at the Scopes Trial in TN, the so-called “Monkey Trials.” The only Fundamentalist for which he seemed to have regard was Machen, whom be dubbed Dr. Fundamentalis.

One cannot read Machen’s book, Christianity and Liberalism, enough times. It’s accessible, relevant and enduring.

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