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Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story Paperback – April 5, 2016
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When I was in college, I needed an introduction to what Christians believe about redemption---not what my own denomination believed but what all Christians have always believed. A favorite professor told me to read John Stott’s Basic Christianity, and that book was a gift of God for me. I still have my underlined copy. In Core Christianity you have a similar book, one fit for a new generation the way Stott’s was for his generation. Here you will find what Christians believe about what most matters about the most important topics. You might need an extra copy to give to those who, like me many years ago, need an introduction to core Christianity. -- Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
I read straight through this solid book on the central truths of the Christian faith and was impressed. But when I searched the text for some of the standard technical terms of theology, I found that Horton had managed to deliver the whole message in simple, nontechnical language. Then I was doubly impressed. This is a very useful little book. -- Fred Sanders, Professor, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
Here we meet a skilled master seeking to train the novice. Taking rich theological concepts and explaining them in a way that is both beautiful and practical, Horton’s book proves genuinely inviting to the newcomer. Learn from a master who is not afraid to put things simply and clearly. -- Kelly Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
About the Author
Michael Horton (PhD, DD) is Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Author of many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, he also hosts the White Horse Inn radio program. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and four children in Escondido, California.
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In Horton’s terms, the main themes of the book can be summarized in four themes: a) the drama of redemption, b) the doctrine of Scripture, c) doxology (praise/worship), and d) discipleship. The chapters unfold like this:
1) Jesus is God, 2) God is Three Persons, 3) God is Great and Good, 4) God Speaks, 5) God Made the World but We’ve Made a Mess of It, 6) God Made a Promise, 7) Joy to the World [the incarnation], 8) Jesus is Lord, 9) What Are We Waiting For? [eschatology], and 10) In the Meantime: Callings [vocation].
As you can see from the table of contents, the main topics of theology are discussed in this book (God, Creation, Salvation, Eschatology, etc.). Horton also emphasizes the covenants and redemptive historical – Christ centered – aspect of Scripture.
I appreciate how Horton constantly kept the focus on God and his Word. I also enjoyed the way Horton wove in solid theological truths, such as the Trinity, God’s attributes, the two natures of Christ, and so forth. (As one minor critique on editing, the font in the sidebars is unpleasant on the eyes and not easy to read. Perhaps it’s better in the Kindle version.)
"Core Christianity" might be considered the smallest version of Horton's larger theology books "The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way" and "Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples" This is not a critique, but an observation: Core Christianity is a few of Horton’s other books simplified and put into one. There isn’t really any new material in this book. So if you’ve read other books by Horton, you might not need this one.
However, if you want a shorter yet detailed summary of Christian theology from a Reformed perspective, this one is a good one to get. I probably wouldn't give this book to a new Christian who's not a reader, since it is rather detailed. However, for those who are readers and OK with a bit more detail, this is a good intro type book. As with Horton’s other similar books, it’s focus is not on man and what we do, but on God and what he has done for us in Christ! That’s the good news!
I have read several of Dr. Horton's books and articles, and look forward to more.