Michael Horton is a Reformed Presbyterian. I am a Reformed Baptist. We have some fundamental differences when it comes to understanding certain biblical doctrines. Because Mr. Horton is charitable to those who don’t fully agree with his points of view (though he is fully convicted of his own), this does not interfere with the value of this work.
If you are looking for a traditional Systematic Theology keep on looking because you won’t find it here. What you will find is a new, fresh way of looking at the Bible story. Rather than dealing with a lot of “ologies”, Mr. Horton chooses to deal with God Himself.
The Bible is the story of God and His doings. Working from this viewpoint, Michael Horton sees the Christian faith as “an unfolding drama”. The doctrines of the faith then, by necessity, fit into this drama and are shaped by it.
That being said, this isn’t a simple approach to God’s story. Mr. Horton is smart and is educated rather well not just in theology but also in history and philosophy. His approach might just turn some off. I myself find his approach valuable but very, very deep at times. If you set out to study this book, you will find yourself studying a few more things in order to understand the deepest parts of it. The book itself is not so overwhelmingly deep that you should shy away from it, however; on the contrary, his brilliance in conveying Truth is the very reason you should reach for it. This work has great value not just for the scholar but also for the average Christian. Anyone who has a great interest in God and His doings will find much value here. A warning is in line, though: don’t read this book at a gallop for it will throw you. Take it at a leisurely pace: pray, read, study, ponder…then have another go.
My take: Well worth your time and effort.
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