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Christless Christianity
Horton, Michael

Christless Christianity

ISBN: 9780801072215
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Book Description:

The church in America has been willingly taken captive. The captors are American culture and ideals: consumerism, pragmatism, self-sufficiency, individualism, positive thinking, personal prosperity, and nationalism. These are antithetical to the gospel, but we have nevertheless made them part and parcel with it. We are well on our way to a Christless Christianity.

The result? A faith that is, in Michael Horton's prophetic words, "trivial, sentimental, affirming, and irrelevant." This alternative "gospel" is a message of moralism, personal comfort, self-help, self-improvement, and individualistic religion. It trivializes God, making him a means to our selfish ends.

In this critically acclaimed book, Horton skillfully diagnoses the problem and points to the solution: a return to the unadulterated gospel of salvation. Here is a must-read for anyone concerned about the state and future of Christianity and the church in America.


Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He hosts The White Horse Inn radio broadcast and is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is the author/editor of more than twenty books, including Christless Christianity, The Gospel-Driven Life, and The Gospel Commission.


A more important and timely volume could not have been written.--Thabiti M. Anyabwile, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Horton's brush is broad--expect loud lamentation from the evangelical camp--but the picture he paints is largely accurate.--Parker T. Williamson, editor emeritus and senior correspondent, The Presbyterian Layman

Christless Christianity establishes Michael Horton as the outstanding protagonist for classical Protestant orthodoxy.--Episcopal Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 259
Author: Horton, Michael
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2012