The nice folk at Zondervan sent along, several weeks back, the galley proofs of Horton’s soon to be published (Feb 2013) book titled “Pilgrim Theology“.
According to the publisher-
This concise tour of Christian doctrine is an ideal resource for Sunday School, reading groups, church-wide studies, and college courses examining the Christian faith and the Reformed tradition. Based, in part, on Michael Horton’s award-winning The Christian Faith, this new study—Pilgrim Theology—presents the church’s teachings in an accessible manner, while engaging other Christian traditions and contemporary theological issues.
My review is here.
Rather enjoying ‘being there’ via Zondervan’s ‘live streaming’. Especially interesting is the presently ongoing presentation by Calvin Beisner on ‘Godly Stewardship’ of the planet and comparing it to ‘environmentalism’ or most specifically how ‘Christian environmentalism’ is in danger of being the ‘new Galatian-ism’.
The whole list is available here. Especially interesting is the fact that Bauckham is coming up tomorrow!
Ever since Murdoch bought Zondervan it has declined in my estimation both for the quality of some of the things it publishes and even more so in its marketing of the products that it sells.
For instance, I received this flyer in an email- see if you can spot the poor theology:
Did you spot it? In case you didn’t, I’ll point it out: hope isn’t found in a book- in any book- not even the Bible. Hope is found in Christ. The notion that hope is found outside of Christ is neither theologically accurate nor biblically correct.
True enough, the Bible is exceedingly important but again, it is not our source of hope. To suggest that it is is really nothing less than idolatry. Or better, bibliolatry.
Furthermore, teens won’t find traction in a slippery world IN the NIV, they’ll find it in Christ.
The lack of theocentricity in Zondervan’s advertising is distressing. Very distressing. Because it’s just bad theology. Instead of consulting marketing consultants when coming up with sales pitches they should consult a theologian or two.