Office Hours: Mike Horton On Core Christianity

Office HoursOur English word core is comes from the Latin word for heart. We use it to refer to that which is most central. The Christian faith has a core, essentials, without which one does not have a Christian faith but what are those irreducible core Christian convictions? We summarize our most basic convictions in ancient creeds such as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan (325, 381 AD) and the Apostles’ Creed, which developed gradually from the 2nd through the 6th centuries. Those core convictions are also summarized in the Definition of Chalcedon (451 AD) and the Athanasian Creed, which, though not actually written by Athanasius, is a wonderfully summary of the ecumenical or catholic (i.e., universal) doctrines of the Trinity and Christ. We call these the catholic (universal) creeds. Mike Horton has published a new book surveying the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself In God’s Story.

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  1. I just posted this interview on my Facebook page. I have a number of friends from my much earlier Christian life in the seventies and early eighties that was anchored/mired in the subjective/experiential realm. Problem was we always needed more and better experiences to keep us encouraged in the faith (kind of like being on a drug, no?). Any way, this is the question I put along with the question:

    “Wondering what thoughts any of my old Christian friends (those from the 1970s) might have of this interview? Comments welcomed…”

    You never know…

    • Pray they escaped the destructive mire of the subjective/experiential realm since then. If not, this episode should be their salve.

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