A Good Resource For the Church

It is wise for Christians to invest in good Christian resources for their own home reference library. One of the categories that should have a slot on the shelf at home is the category of systematic theology. Systematic theology is a method of doing theology which organizes biblical material into different topics. It has a goal describing Christian doctrine and of answering contemporary questions. Although it may have a reputation among some for being dull and dusty, when it is done well it is quite relevant and life-giving and absolutely necessary for the church to maintain a faithful witness in the world today.

Michael Horton has just published what will probably be a landmark systematic theology. It is well- worth picking up. My only complaint…I wish he was a Baptist!

Publisher’s Description: The most important systematic theology since Louis Berkhof’s 1932 magum opus. Interacting with movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions, award-winning scholar Horton offers a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; and surveys current and past works with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions. Includes an extensive bibliography.

The Christian Faith is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians. Its features include: (1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.

Note: It is half price from WTSBooks until TODAY, Jan. 27th. Both WTSBooks and the publisher are already out of stock, however, but they have started a second printing and estimate that new copies will be available in early February. WTSBooks will honor their sale price for orders placed today however.

Here are a few comments by Michael Horton:

Here are some of the endorsements:

“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

“Michael Horton’s new systematic theology has been long-awaited and does not disappoint. Here is classic, deep, orthodox Reformed theology, written in a way that is thoughtful and engaged. The author draws deeply on his tradition, but also interacts fruitfully with insights from contemporary scholarship in a way that communicates clearly but does not sacrifice depth for the sake of simplicity. Each of the classic loci is addressed with exegetical and systematic insight, and old doctrines are once again brought to life on the page. Great truths are defended, but not in a defensive manner; and the glory of the gospel shines through in sharp relief. For those who think one must make a choice between guarding the faith and being thoughtfully relevant, think again: this book both teaches theology and is an example of how theology should be done. The reader who is undaunted by the number of pages will be richly rewarded; and the pastor, elder, discussion leader, and church member who wants to know more, will not be disappointed.”
– Carl Trueman, Dean of Academics & Professor of Church History, Westminster 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

“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, makes sense of life, and gives direction for God-glorifying living. He also knows that the best systematic theologies draw on biblical and historical theology. May many readers therefore take up this book, read, and walk!”
– Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College and Graduate School

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