The 2011 award-winning publication The Christian Faith garnered wide praise as a thorough, well-informed treatment of the philosophical foundations of Christian theology, the classical elements of systematic theology, and exegesis of relevant biblical texts. Pilgrim Theology distills the distinctive benefits of this approach into a more accessible introduction designed for classroom and group study.


In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in “a Reformed key.” Horton reviews the biblical passages that give rise to a particular doctrine in addition to surveying past and present interpretations. Also included are sidebars showing the key distinctions readers need to grasp on a particular subject, helpful charts and tables illuminating exegetical and historical topics, and questions at the end of each chapter for individual, classroom, and small group reflection.


Pilgrim Theology will help undergraduate students of theology and educated laypersons gain an understanding of the Christian tradition’s biblical and historical foundations.

About the Author

Michael Horton (PhD, DD) is Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Author of many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, he also hosts the White Horse Inn radio program. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and four children in Escondido, California.  

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Why Study Theology?
  • 1. Knowing God
  • 2. God’s Written Word
  • 3. The Living God
  • 4. The Holy Trinity
  • 5. Creation and Human Personhood
  • 6. The Fall
  • 7. Jesus Christ: the Lord Who Is Servant
  • 8. The Work of Christ
  • 9. The Spirit and the Kingdom
  • 10. Chosen and Called
  • 11. Union with Christ
  • 12. Justified and Adopted
  • 13. Sanctification and Perseverance
  • 14. The Doctrine of Glorification
  • 15. Word and Sacraments
  • 16. Baptism and the Supper
  • 17. The Church
  • 18. The End Times
  • 19. The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting
  • Making Necessary Distinctions: The Call to Discernment
  • Glossary
  • From Drama to Discipleship: Applying the Coordinates to Key Doctrines

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