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The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

, 2011
ISBN: 9780310497035

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Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of—if not—the most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.

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  • Brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine
  • Surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions
  • Substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodoxy traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity
  • Charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics

Top Highlights

“Where most people think that the goal of religion is to get people to become something that they are not, the Scriptures call believers to become more and more what they already are in Christ.” (Page 652)

“In systematic theology, we are drawing together all three of these stages at once: teaching the vocabulary and rules of speech (grammar) of Christianity, investigating its inner consistency and coherence as well as comparing and contrasting it with rival interpretations (logic), so that we can defend our faith in an informed, compelling, and gentle manner (rhetoric) (1 Pe 3:15–16).” (Page 22)

“The opening claim of this systematic theology is that the triune God is the object of theology and that this God is knowable because he has revealed himself to us.” (Page 35)

“One implication is that we cannot rank God’s attributes or make one more essential to God than another. God is love even when he judges; he is holy and righteous even in saving sinners; he is eternal even when he acts in time.” (Page 228)

“Predestination is typically understood in theology to refer to God’s sovereign determination concerning all events, while election and reprobation refer specifically to God’s decree regarding salvation and condemnation.” (Page 311)

In this impressive volume, Michael Horton . . . remits and rethinks the greatness of seventeenth-century Reformed theology and makes it accessible for readers today.

—George Hunsinger, professor of systematic theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

The Christian Faith is a remarkable accomplishment—the most significant single-volume systematic theology to be written in decades! This book is written for the sake of the church, yet it also reflects a fresh engagement with a broad range of biblical and theological scholarship. The Christian Faith is an excellent resource for all who wish to engage classical Christian theology in a Reformed key.

—J. Todd Billings, associate professor, Western Theological Seminary

This is a work of outstanding theological and spiritual cogency and will command wide attention.

John Webster, chair of systematic theology, King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Michael Horton’s awareness of modern theological and philosophical currents combines with his articulate commitment to historical orthodoxy to make this book one of the most significant voices to be heard in framing a systematic theology for this generation of the Reformed movement.

Bryan Chapell, distinguished professor of preaching, Knox Theological Seminary

Horton’s Christian Faith has the great merit of never letting the reader forget that doctrine is for disciples who want to walk the way of Jesus Christ. Horton knows that the best systematic theology is a practical theology—one that helps us understand the ways of God, make sense of life, and give direction for God-glorifying living.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, professor of theology, Wheaton College and Graduate School

. . . offers a fine, comprehensive companion to a number of recent systematic theologies. Crisply written, scripturally informed throughout, distinctively evangelical and Reformed, conversant with classic as well as contemporary Christian authors—Horton’s study is an outstanding contribution that will richly nourish Christian pilgrims on their way toward the consummation of Christ’s kingdom.

—Cornelis P. Venema, president, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

A crisp, clear, and forceful new theology that is at once biblical and reverent, historical and contemporary, learned but accessible. What a great gift this is to the church!

—David F. Wells, distinguished research professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Horton has produced a remarkable work. His approach to systematic theology is fresh and critically needed in our time. Every pilgrim will profit from this work.

R. C. Sproul, chairman and president, Ligonier Ministries

  • Title: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
  • Author: Michael Horton
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 1056
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Theology, doctrinal; Reformed Church › Doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9780310497035, 9780310286042, 0310497035, 0310286042
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T22:38:53Z
Michael Horton

Michael Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Media, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Before coming to WSC, Dr. Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School.

A member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, Dr. Horton is the author/editor of 20 books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics, whose final volume (People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology) was published in 2008. In addition to the popular Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, Dr. Horton’s latest books are Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ, Lord and Servant: A Covenant Christology, and A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship. He has written articles for Modern Reformation, Pro Ecclesia, Christianity Today, The International Journal of Systematic Theology, Touchstone, and Books and Culture. Dr. Horton is a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has served two churches in Southern California. He resides in Escondido, California, with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.


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