Many people turn away from words like “doctrine” or “theology.” They seem like things only pastors and scholars should care about, but theology is simply the study of God and His word. In Core Christianity, Michael Horton discusses the central beliefs that all Christians share, why we believe them, and why it is important for us to understand why we believe.
At less than 200 pages, this little book is filled with important information, but it’s not a difficult read. Horton explains clearly, and with a style of writing that, for a professor, reads very little like a textbook. Horton is a professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, and it’s easy to see both aspects in this book.
The chapters are well organized, and the book as a whole has a great flow from one topic to the next. This book will serve its purpose equally well for both the layman and the Christian who already has some background in theology. It will also help to equip people to answer questions about what Christians believe and why.
1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average score of 5 out of 5
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook in return for an honest review.
4 thoughts on “Core Christianity by Michael Horton”
What would be the core belief of Christianity according to Horton?
Horton states that what makes Christianity different than any other religion is the doctrine of the Trinity. But it’s not about breaking Christianity down into one core belief. The books discusses the major doctrines that all Christian denominations share.
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Does he mention substitutionary atonement?
That love is the greatest commandmen?
The trinity nature of God is akin to the divinity of Jesus Christ.
There are several chapters that discuss Jesus as God and the his role in the Trinity, as well as the work done on the Cross. To my recollection, there was no mention of the greatest commandment, but this is not an in-depth book and is not meant to cover the entirety of Christian doctrine.