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Michael S. Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics

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