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Pilgrim Theology, By Michael Horton

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-

9780310330646This 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.

Does Calvinism Lead to Anti-Mission Sentiments?

No.  In a word.  No.  But there are more words supporting the no here.

The accusation that Calvinism leads to antimission sentiments has sometimes been leveled, but as Michael Horton shows in his recent book For Calvin, nothing could be further from the truth. Horton observes, in the section titled “Calvinism and Christian Missions” (p. 151), that, in fact, Calvinism has been and remains one of the most important sources of Christian missionaries, with no less than Thomas Mayhew, David Brainerd, David Livingstone, Robert Morrison, and Jonathan Goforth stemming from Reformed churches and practicing Reformed theology. Quoting Horton—

With growing interest in Calvinism in Southern Baptist circles, some leaders have expressed alarm that it will dampen the denomination’s enthusiasm for evangelism and missions . . . . [But] the Southern Baptist Convention sponsors “about 5000 home missionaries” and “more than 5000 foreign missionaries.” For a denomination of sixteen million, this comes to approximately “0.000625 missionaries per capita.”

By contrast, the 310,000 member Presbyterian Church in America has “about 600 foreign missionaries.” That is 0.001935 foreign missionaries per capita, commissioned and supported by the PCA. Thus, the PCA supports three times as many foreign missionaries per capita as the SBC supports foreign and domestic missions combined (p. 162).

And the PCA gives twice as much per dollar to international missions as the SBC does (p. 162).

Enjoy the rest- that’s just the beginning.