Robust synthesis of ideas without compromising Sola Scriptura He balances his systematic approach with themes from biblical theology which serve to both temper and expand his conclusions His theological prolegomena is extremely helpful with regard to epistemology and the covenantal theme that is both exemplified by and unifies the Scripture allowing for a coherent interpretation of the canon of Scripture As a whole it is well written allowing for a coherent interpretation of the canon of Scripture As a whole it is well written at times the organization of the material seemed like it could be improved In a few sections the discussion was difficult to follow I suspect that the editing process left some parts deficient in terms of the flow of tho The Christian Faith A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way by Michael Horton is not our average systematic theology It s not broken up into simple chapters ending in ology like Christology hamaritology ecclesiolog I tried reading this book a few ears ago but gave up before reaching 200 page mark However I decided to go back and start it again I have been off work for a few weeks and thought that I should try and read a couple of STs during that time I have to say that it is in many ways an excellent book and that it reads really well as a Reformed theodrama Michael Horton generally avoids the pitfalls that various modern Calvinists fall into in relation to divine impassibility and erroneous views of eternal generation He also argues strongly for Reformed sacramentology and Presbyterian ecclesiology Obviously there are some downsides especially the Klinean covenantalism repeated Neo 2k rhetoric the branding of Constantianism as heresy was especially disgraceful and his denial that the imprecatory psalms are to be used during the era of common grace Yet in a 1000 page book these points were relatively minor blemishes And I should
Add That He Was A Bit Generous that he was a bit generous post millennialism than I expected him to be and he seems to hold to an in gathering of the Jews prior to Christ s return I still maintain however that the book does not exactly work as a systematic theology rather it should be seen as a survey of Reformed theology written in the form of a theological novel Horton s systematic theology is everything that I expected It is too long to review each individual part but here are some summary observationsThe volume would serve as an excellent companion to other evangelical systematic theologies such as those by Grudem or Erickson especially if one wanted a specifically Reformed perspective without organizing the theology around the Westminster Catechism The strongest doctrine in the book was the prolegomena section Given Horton s prior writings this is not surprising but Horton surely did not disappoint Love this one Although I am a Lutheran I find Horton s approach to theology refreshing and honest There have been many Systematic Theology works produced over the last few centuries Some stand the test of time such as
john calvin sCalvin s of the Christian Religion or Charles Hodge s Systematic Theology 3 Volumes or even Louis Berkhoff s Systematic Theology Some however uickly fade into relative obscurity It is a rarity that a thorough orthodox and useful Systematic Theology work appears et one has popped up in recent ears that will not only be useful is committed to the reformed orthodox and is uite through this is Michael Horton s The Christian Faith A Systematic Theology For Pilgrims On The WayHorton 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 Further 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 CovenantI 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 livesThis. On exegetical philosophical practical and theological uestions; 3 substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant Catholic and Orthodoxy traditions as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and 4 charts sidebars uestions for discussion and an extensive bibliography divided into different entry levels and topics. Sing the Eastern Essenceenergies distinction On surface level it sounds good we can t know God in his essence but only in his energies operations towards us Fair enough He also says this is what the East believed Well it depends on which Eastern father at which time As it metastaized in Gregory Palamas the energies of God were the only way God could interact with the world For the post Palamas East nature and persons were hyper ousia This means among other
things that ou can t have a personal relationship with Jesus because he is beyond being this is the precise critiuethat Comment Wang-F fut sauv you can t have a personal relationship with Jesus because he is beyond being this is the precise critiue Orthodox writer Vladimir Moss made of John Romanides Horton is using energies as God s covenantal speech acts I like that It is really good It is simply the opposite of what the East means by it As Orthodox philosopher David Bradshaw points out the energies are the peri ton theon things around God And contrary to Horton s earlier and good criticismsou approach these peri ton theon by means of apophatic negation and the ascent of the mind shades of Origen Eastern monks as documented by John Meyendorrf are very clear on this point I also disagree with Horton on the millennium but I won t go into it hereEvaluation Criticisms aside this book is magnificent While it cannot replace Berkhof Horton admirably deals with current challenges to traditional protestantism Few Reformed folk can really go toe to toe with neo Hegelians like John Milbank Horton meets him head on and wins Horton also responds to recent Roman Ratzinger Eastern Zizioulas and Anabaptist Volf models with much skill His true value however is using Vosian covenantal insights to structure systematic theology Mike Horton and his colleagues at Westminster West with their pop calvinism and uasi Lutheranism make me tired I don t know what else to say other than this volume was not produ Michael Horton s Christian Faith subtitled A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on The Way is a huge tome It can be uite intimidating to approach a volume this big so with some trepidation I set out to read it Having pored over 75% of the book I can say that this is than a systematic theology it is a huge survey of theologyWhen I say that The Christian Faith is a huge survey of theology I mean that it is than a systematic theology Horton deals with this from a very different perspective than most theologies His approach is to show that the Christian faith is about God reconciling man to himself Though the book is not a thematic survey it does see great themes in Scripture and shows how they apply to theology and practiceNot only is that so but Horton surveys theological thought so in that sense this is a historical theology as well as a systematic theologyHorton also seeks to integrate theology with life so this is also a practical theologyI tend to think that Grudem is a little easier to read but I also think that Horton s approach takes one a little further than Grudem While I don t prefer one above the other as both have their respective niche I tend to think that Horton will be found to be a little profitable for those who seek to minister to others The way he has of bringing theology to everyday life simply resonates with me and I appreciate thatAnother thing that I appreciate is the fact that the author is fair to those with whom he disagrees This is not a polemic but a positive book that states what theology is and how is affects usIn the end I give this four out of five stars and recommend it to all who study theologyThanks to Andrew Rogers of Zondervan for providing this review copy freely and with no expectation or demand of a positive review Mark 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 Andown voice and no way regurgitates what othe Michael Horton s The Christian Faith is a thoroughly Reformed systematic theology Horton engages with modern and contemporary issues and theologians as well as other traditions and historical eras He is both critical and receptive of doctrines and concepts from various schools of thought and traditions demonstrating 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 theologiansFeatures of this volume include 1 a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; 2 surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis. ,
In Tolkien s Two Towers Gimli Aragorn and Legolas attack a while clad old man thinking him Saruman Realizing their error they apologize to Gandalf saying We thought Petit cahier d'exercices de communication non-violente you were Saruman Gandalf says I am Saruman or rather Saruman as he should have been We may say with this work that Michael Horton is Karl Barth or NT Wright insertour favorite villain as he should have beenHorton has given us the first presentation of a systematic theology derived along dramatic categories Other treatises capture the drama of Scripture or
its historical unfolding but Horton sees the historical unfolding of God shistorical unfolding but Horton sees the historical unfolding of God s as a drama Narrative and systematics need each other The narrative keeps theology from becoming abstract and systematics shows crucial implications of that plot and the inner connections between its various seuences Horton 21 The narrative structure also helps one s epistemology Horton skillfully interacts with recent postmodern challenges and notes that many of the challenges simply miss the Christian story With Jean Francois Lyotard we agree that metanarratives are dangerous Horton simply denies the Christian story is a metanarrative in the sense that modernity isHorton s section on ontology is uite fine He gives a summary of his Overcoming Estrangement essays and suggests that one s epistemology follows one s ontology If one sees the body as simply a prison of the soul then epistemology will be a kind of seeing the Forms or getting beyond sense experience 47 But if one holds to an ontology of covenantal embodiment or finitude as a divine gift pace Plato then the primary metaphors for knowledge will be oralaural 49 This is the real strength of Horton s project He is able to show with admirable skill how non Reformed and non covenantal views simply default to a pagan metaphysicsHorton is consistent in applying the speech act theory God s speech acts understood in a Trinitarian manner rooted in Triadology ground our understanding of inspiration The Father s speaking is the locutionary act the Son is the content or illocutionary act that is performed by the speaking and the Spirit s work is the perlocutionary effect 157 As Horton notes this keeps the model from being too mechanical simply the Father s speaking or a canon within a canon as some Christomonic models intimitate or enthusiam per hyper Spirit models Horton gives us a brilliant review of Christology He takes the key gains from Wright et al and reworks them around a Reformed covenantal approach all the while maintaining the Chalcedonian and Nicene values His review of historical Christology is good though he didn t address all of the tensions created by Chalcedon He and I rightly affirm Chalcedon but Chalcedon s other commitments to deification soteriology and substance metaphysics would prove troublesome for later thinkers I refer to Bruce McCormack s fine essay on this pointCriticisms and Concerns To his credit Horton is aware of Barth s challenge to the term person in the modern world If person means something like center of reflective self consciousness which is usually how people today Christian or otherwise use the term then it is obvious we cannot apply it to God In God so reasons classical theism there is one mind will and unity of operation The modern usage of
the word person would imply at least three minds That is polytheism Horton says we can save the termword person would imply at least three minds That is polytheism Horton says we can save the term by using it analogically of God 295ff This is certainly true The Father Son relationship is the model from which we conceive of earthly father son relationships But still it is not clear how far analogical predication helps on the definition of person Even if we grant there is not a univocal relationship between the idea as it applies to God and man it is still true that the definition as it applies to God whatever it is it cannot mean three centers of self consciousness and man a center of self consciousness is uite frankly different On the other hand despite Barth s earlier usage of huparchos tropos in CD I1 which itself has a respectable Patristic pedigree and does not have the same problems as person in later volumes he seems to have no problem using Person as it is used in traditional dogmatics CD II1 284 Horton s most problematic area is where he thinks he is 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. .