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Michael Horton’s book “The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way” is finally available.

Monergism Books describes the book in this way:

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. Features 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 on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (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, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.

Kim Riddlebarger co-host with Dr. Horton on the White Horse Inn had this to say about the book:

Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, has to be the most highly anticipated book in a long time.  It is also the most important theological text (from a Reformed perspective) to come along in some time.

Let me just say, I am blown away.I can say without embarrassment that I am one of Mike’s biggest fans.  I know him well, and I’ve worked with him a long time (since 1984 to be exact).  His four volume “Covenant” series (a theological prolegomena published by Westminster/John Knox) is absolutely stellar and groundbreaking in many ways.  But that series doesn’t come close to The Christian Faith in terms of importance and value to Christ’s church.

Barring some unexpected turn of events, my guess is that this will be Michael’s magnum opus, that one theological work for which he will be forever known.  It is that good.

The Christian Faith is everything I hoped for, and then some.  It is not a replacement for Berkhof, as I had hoped.  It is better than that.  This is a completely new statement of the Christian faith from a Reformed perspective written for Christians living in the 21st century.  It has an “apologetics” feel to it, without any smugness or lack of charity toward those with whom Horton disagrees.

It is very crisply written and concise, it covers an amazing amount of ground, and it demonstrates a thorough grasp of pretty much the entire contemporary theological landscape.  Imagine Calvin, Turretin, and the Heidelberg Catechism, being utilized in a running dialogue with virtually every contemporary theologian and movement of any significance you can name.  Horton pulls it off.

The sections are biblically rich (the right texts, used in the right way), Mike capably summarizes the history of debate on each topic, and then offers wise and thoughtful solutions to a host of theological challenges.  This book will stimulate both mind and heart.  No dead orthodoxy here!

Well, if you haven’t gotten the point by now, let me just say “buy it!”

This is a text we’ll be using for years to come!  Much of any future Reformed theological reflection, debate, and discussion, will be conducted in the light of this book.

To order your copy follow the link below where you can also find a sample pdf download of the book.

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Over at the White Horse Inn Blog they’re promoting the first book published under the Modern Reformation imprint. Visit them here to find out more information about the book and the 50% discount going on now until Friday, November 19th.

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Over at the Desiring God Blog they posted the following, I thought it might be of interest to you:


Every year at our Pastors Conference (which you can now register for), John Piper delivers a biographical message on a bygone saint whose life and influence are in some way instructive for us today.

At this next Pastors Conference, Piper will be focusing on Robert Murray M’Cheyne, the Scottish pastor, poet, and man of prayer from the 19th century. M’Cheyne died very young—he was only 29—but his life and writings have had a powerful and enduring impact on the church, for the better.

The classic written biography on him is Life of Robert Murray M’Cheyne by Andrew A. Bonar, which we have just made available for sale in our online store (free electronic versions available at Project Gutenberg).

Elsewhere online you can find other free resources by M’Cheyne, including the Bible reading plan he developed and is well-known for.

RT: Desiring God

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