Michael Horton on Doctrine and Devotion

I recently received Michael Horton’s new systematic theology for pilgrims on the way – The Christian Faith. This may be the one Systematic Theology that I read cover to cover!

Listen to how he answers the question, “Why Theology?”

It would be odd if we told our spouse or other loved ones that we wanted to spend time with them and experience their fellowship regularly but did not want to know anything about them – their characteristics, accomplishments, personal histories, likes and dislikes, and plans for the future.

Yet when it comes to God, people often imagine that it is possible to have a personal relationship with God apart from theology. In fact, some Christians assume that knowing doctrine and practical living are competing interests. The modern dichotomy between doctrine and life, theology and discipleship, knowing and doing, theory and practice has had disastrous consequences in the life of the church and its witness in the world.

Beware of wanting an experience of God apart from a deep interest in theological assertions about God.

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