Thursday, August 4, 2011

Horton's People and Place

I finally finished the last volume of Michael Horton's four volumes on systematic theology. I commend the whole series to interested pastors who love theology. Each work is excellent in its own right. Horton shows an ability to interact with systematic theology, historical theology and current trends in Biblical studies. What is constantly amazing is the breadth of citations in these works from church fathers, to Reformers, Reformed scholastics, Enlightenment philosophers, and contemporary scholars.

Each book in the series is worth your read. My favorite is the second volume Lord and Servant with a close second to volume three Covenant and Salvation.

Here's my brief review of People and Place cross posted on Goodreads.

People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Horton's entire series is an excellent read. He brings Reformed theology to interact with modern theology in a manner that communicates classical Reformed theology in response to current trends. But this is more than just a rehearsing Reformed theology, it is constructive in the sense that Horton labors hard to revitalize the discipline of theology showing how all of theology must be conditioned by God's covenant. In this work Horton deals largely with the issues of church and sacrament. He shows how the ascension of Christ and union with Christ should condition how we think about the church assembly and the sacraments.

I commend the whole series, and this work is a fine work in its own right. A good read for pastors, theologians and those with a general interest for theology. Not introductory reading but well worth the investment of time to read.

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