Michael HortonZondervan / 2010 / HardcoverOur Price$36.495 out of 5 stars for The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. View reviews of this product. 7 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Needed STJune 21, 2018The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There have been many Systematic Theology works produced over the last few centuries. Some stand the test of time such as John Calvin's, Institutes of the Christian Religion, or Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology (3 Volumes), or even Louis Berkhoff's Systematic Theology. Some however quickly fade into relative obscurity. It is a rarity that a thorough, orthodox, and useful Systematic Theology work appears, yet one has popped up in recent years that will not only be useful is committed to the reformed orthodox and is quite through this is, Michael Horton's, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology For Pilgrims On The Way.
Horton is a distinguished Systematic Theology professor at Westminster Seminary California. His attention to detail and his pastoral tone make this work not only a good Systematic Theology but one that will take its place among the best Systematic Theology ever produced. Furthermore the usefulness of this work is that only for the pastor or scholar, but for the Lehman as well. This work while its size may be intimidating is a wonderful explanation of the doctrines contained in Holy Scripture and how they apply to those in the Covenant.
I cannot under sell this book for it is one of the greatest reads I have had in recent memory and will be using it for the foreseeable future in my Ministry. I highly recommend it for anyone who seeks to grow in the grace of God through the study of his word and the application of his word to their lives.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Uniquely Written!April 19, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark this systematic theology down as one that tries to unite deep theological thinking with living the Christian life. The Christian Faith by Michael Horton provides another viewpoint and presentation for those doing systematic theological study. The volume truly has its own voice and in no way regurgitates what other major systematic theologies have to say.
Be sure to check out the introductory chapter that lays out both his ideas of doctrine and theology as well as a description of what he will attempt to do in this volume. He states that he is writing from the perspective of a reformed Christian living in North America. He admits that he doesnt speak for all Christians but hopes to speak to all Christians in this book. While sticking to his own perspective, he also emphasizes that the Christian faith is one faith.
Part One is five chapters on knowing God where he discusses the presuppositions of theology and covers the doctrine of the Scriptures. Part Two is about the God who lives and in three chapters he discusses the doctrine of God and the Holy Trinity. Part Three is five chapters on the God who creates which will discuss his view of predestination, creation, providence, as well as the doctrine of man. Part Four is three chapters on the God who rescues which covers the doctrine of Christ. Part Five is 10 chapters on the God who reigns in grace that covers the doctrines of salvation and the church. The final part discusses in three chapters the God who reigns in glory which is a look at eschatology. As you can see, he organizes the material of systematic theology in a different fashion that Ive seen others do.
Im glad to have this volume on my shelves. It may not be the first systematic theology that I will pull out when Im studying a particular doctrine, but it is one I plan to consult in any detailed study of theology that Im digging into. Its a boon to a Bible student to have an asset like this volume that approaches the subject from a different angle. You will see listed in the book an impressive array of respected theologians who highly recommend this book. Its one that you will want to check out!
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Harrison5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding!May 18, 2016HarrisonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0With the explosion of recent works on systematic theology, it is refreshing to see one self-consciously committed to being confessionally Reformed. This work puts others to shame with its clarity about what is at stake in the issues discussed. Its strongest point is that, where some older works became too compartmentalized in their discussions, failing to relate each topic, Horton has thoroughly integrated the system of thought and sees the parts in light of the whole. The shortcoming resulting from this is that this work is not made for quick access to any topic, but must be read chapter-by-chapter as a continuing presentation. The good news is that it is worth the read. Strongly rooted in a commitment to Scripture and aware of contemporary debates.
parkerj5 Stars Out Of 5Great Systematic TheologyFebruary 6, 2013parkerjQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Horton's The Christian Faith is a wonderfully accessible and profitable Systematic Theology.
The book is written in a manner than can be read from cover to cover. Unlike most systematic theologies where the reader can profit greatly from turning to a desired section and pulling out the information he is looking for, Horton's book reads more like a story. Which I think is exactly his intention, to present God's story. He does this wonderfully!! The book is less "choppy" than some other systematic theologies and flows together really well. With that being said Horton does a good job of systematizing his book so that certain topics can be studied independently of the whole book.
Horton divides the book into six parts:
1) Knowing God: The Presupposition of Theology
2) God Who Lives
3) God Who Creates
4) God Who Rescues
5) God Who Reigns in Grace
6) God Who Reigns in Glory
Part One covers the backgrounds to theology and the reasons to study it. Part Two covers the Trinity and the attributes of God. Part Three covers creation, God's providence and the fall. Part Four cover the person of Christ and His roles as Prophet, Priest and King. Part Five covers the order of salvation, Ecclesiology and Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Part Six covers Eschatology.
Horton is very charitable when he addresses views with which he disagrees with. I am a Baptist and he and I would disagree on Baptism, but when he addresses this issue his writing does not come across with a negative tone. He is convinced of his views, there is no doubt about that, but he is still charitable.
This book is written in such a way that pastors, teachers and lay-people can pick it up and understand it. Horton is a thinker, but makes his thoughts accessible for many.
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Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very valuableSeptember 15, 2011Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Michael Horton is a Presbyterian. I am a Reformed Baptist. We have some fundamental differences when it comes to understanding certain biblical doctrines. Because Mr. Horton is charitable to those who don't fully agree with his points of view (though he is fully convicted of his own), this does not interfere with the value of this work.
If you are looking for a traditional Systematic Theology keep on looking because you won't find it here. What you will find is a new, fresh way of looking at the Bible story. Rather than dealing with a lot of "ologies", Mr. Horton chooses to deal with God Himself.
The Bible is the story of God and His doings. Working from this viewpoint, Michael Horton sees the Christian faith as "an unfolding drama". The doctrines of the faith then, by necessity, fit into this drama and are shaped by it.
That being said, this isn't a simple approach to God's story. Mr. Horton is smart and is educated rather well not just in theology but also in history and philosophy. His approach might just turn some off. I myself find his approach valuable but very, very deep at times. If you set out to study this book, you will find yourself studying a few more things in order to understand the deepest parts of it. The book itself is not so overwhelmingly deep that you should shy away from it, however; on the contrary, his brilliance in conveying Truth is the very reason you should reach for it. This work has great value not just for the scholar but also for the average Christian. Anyone who has a great interest in God and His doings will find much value here. A warning is in line, though: don't read this book at a gallop for it will throw you. Take it at a leisurely pace: pray, read, study, ponder_then have another go.
My take: Well worth your time and effort.
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