Michael S. Horton

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J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Michael S. Horton

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998.  Also host of the White Horse Inn (a weekly broadcast) and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine, he has written many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way and Pligrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples.  Receiving degrees from Biola University, Westminster California, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the University of Coventry, he completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University before joining the faculty.

What I Want to Instill in My Students
“All of us are committed to helping students acquire the tools of life-long learning. One of those skills is the art of listening to others. Sometimes we Reformed folks get a reputation for cursing the darkness without lighting candles. It’s easy to shut people down and dismiss their arguments, but that not only opens the door to tolerating misrepresentation; it also weakens our own position. Only when we take people we disagree with seriously on their own terms and describe their views as they would recognize them do we then have the right to critique.

I think all of us, too, are committed to fueling our students’ love for Christian faith and practice, centering on “Christ, his gospel, and his church,” as our motto says. I see evidence of this zeal for both truth and piety, doctrine and zeal, creeds and deeds, on campus every day and it’s very encouraging. With my colleagues, I want to see our graduates enter their ministry with sympathetic and pastoral hearts as well as courageous and clear conviction.”

An interview with Michael S. Horton
A Better Way
A Place for Weakness
Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church
Covenant and Eschatology
Covenant and Salvation
For Calvinism
God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology
In the Face of God
Lord and Servant
Made in American: The Shaping of Modern American Evangelicalism
Mission Accomplished
People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology
Personal Identity in Theological Perspective
Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace
The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples
The Gospel-Driven Life
The Law of Perfect Freedom
Too Good to be True
We Believe: Recovering the Essentials of the Apostles’ Creed
Where in the World is the Church?

He has written essays and articles in various publications, including:
4 Views on Eternal Security (contributor)
A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis (contributor)
After Modernity?: Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-enchantment of the World (contributor)
Always Reformed (contributor)
Books and Culture
Called To Serve: Essays for Elders and Deacons (contributor)
Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception (contributor)
Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation (contributor)
Christian Theologies of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction (contributor)
Christianity Today
Counterpoints: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (contributor)
Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry (contributor)
Evangelicals and Empire (contributor)
John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect (contributor)
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology (contributor)
Justification: Five Views (contributor)
Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism (contributor)
Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic History of Recent Theological Reflection (contributor)
Modern Reformation
Personal Identity in Theological Perspective (contributor)
Planting, Watering, Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century (contributor)
Pro Ecclesia
Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition (contributor)
Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics (contributor)
The Church in Emerging Culture
The International Journal of Systematic Theology
The Law is Not of Faith (contributor)
The Legacy of John Calvin (contributor)
The Outlook
Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and its Defense Presented to Rod Rosenbladt. (contributor)
Tributes to John Calvin (contributor)
Westminster Theological Journal
HT510 Calvin and His Institutes
ST501 The Christian Mind
HT621 Readings in Modern Theology
ST580 Putting Amazing Back into Grace: An Introduction to Reformed Theology
ST604 Doctrine of God
ST703 Doctrine of the Church and Its Polity
AP601 The Modern Mind
Course descriptions are available in the WSC Catalogue.