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Beyond Culture Wars: Is America a Mission Field or Battlefield? Hardcover – May 10, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; 1St Edition edition (May 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802408931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802408938
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael S. Horton

White Horse Inn, President
White Horse Inn Radio Show, Co-Host
Editor-in-Chief, Modern Reformation Magazine
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California

B.A., Biola University; M.A., Westminster Seminary California; Ph.D., University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Michael Horton is the president of White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine (www.modernreformation.org) and co-host of the nationally syndicated White Horse Inn radio broadcast (www.whitehorseinn.org). Michael Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Before coming to WSC, Michael 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, Michael Horton is the author/editor of twenty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (_People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_) was published in 2008 which won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.

His most recent books are _The Gospel-Driven Life_, _Christless Christianity_ and _People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_. He has written articles for _Modern Reformation_, _Pro Ecclesia_, _Christianity Today_, _The International Journal of Systematic Theology_, _Touchstone_, and _Books and Culture_.

Michael Horton is associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Dunlop on July 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although I read 50-100 books a year, this is one of the strongest books I've read in recent years. Rather than trying to "prove" the case, I want to list some information about the book, then some quotes from it, and let you decide for yourself. I do think, however, that it is a balanced book. It doesn't say "don't get involved in 'worldly' disputes," but "don't lose the church's focus from Christ to politics or other secondary issues."
Thesis: Modern Christendom's fascination with politics (public morality), pop-psychology, and marketing-secular methods-comes at the expense of orthodoxy, spirituality, and our witness. The church needs to return to the Gospel and doctrine, to deal with our own sins first, to look at the church before we condemn the culture.
According to Horton, the book was written because: "The church is no longer pursuing its authentic mission, generally speaking, and ministers are supposed to ring the bell when that happens."
Politically, we have become "one more minority group demanding its rights." Spiritually, "we have made it clear that we do not stand in the tradition founded by our Lord, the `friend of sinners.' " Culturally, our hostile rhetoric has brought us to the point that "our involvement is purely negative."
Horton identifies as his thesis: "Theology, not morality, is the first business on the church's agenda of reform, and the church, not society, is the first target of divine criticism."
Quotes:
--Have we made a compelling case? Are the pagans even aware of what they are rejecting? What separates evangelicals from the world today very often is not doctrine . . . but style, extrabiblical codes of behavior, lingo, and in-house spirituality.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mccausland on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Horton, professor at California's Westminster Seminary, prefaces this provocative volume with these words: "This book is not going to take sides in the "culture war" (i.e. between "liberals" and "conservatives"), not because I do not have an interest in such things, but because the church is no longer pursuing its authentic mission, generally speaking, and ministers are supposed to ring the bell when that happens. As we shall see...the greatest issues of the day do not have to do with whether one is politically left or right of center. The real division is between those, on the one hand, who believe that revelation, salvation, and the kingdom of God come down from heaven as the sovereign intervention of God breaking into human history and, on the other hand, those who assume that we can save ourselves (either as individuals or as a nation) and bring in the kingdom of God by our own works of righteousness."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Horton certainly is well-read and knows from whence he speaks. The church is not into culture wars, but in the proclamation of the Gospel. This admonition challenges the church to be the church, to be about its Father's business and will here on earth: "We have turned the one true God of history and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ into a tribal deity of the American experience -- we who are supposed to be the guardians of absolute truth." He so righty puts forward the message that spiritual warfare is what is at hand and gives frank suggestions for turning towards the real battlefront. Only the Calvinistic leaning towards soverignty rather the cross of Christ detracted from an outstanding, bold message.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If there are prophets today Dr. Horton is one. His book is not for the faint hearted or the intellectually lazy. He knows Theology and the Bible and clearly shows us how Christain are in danger of loosing the message, because of our false concepts about the truth and our creation of "Christian Gettos". He helps us rediscover the Gospel, how we should view the world and how to relate the Gospel to it. And in so doing pulls down the walls of hostility so many Christians have with the world. Hopefully ending this "Cultural War" and takes us "Beyond Cultural Wars". The reader will end up better equiped to fulfill the Great Commision. This is a great book that will change us.
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