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White Horse Inn: Conversational Theology

American Spirituality


Michael Horton

Release date:

September 26, 2021

From its inception, “the new world” has always been a place of religious experimentation. It was seen as a place where people would be liberated from pre-existing traditions and church structures. And so it’s not surprising that the search for the sacred in this country has often seen radical departures from traditional Christian beliefs and practices. So how do contemporary views of spirituality differ from classical Christian views about God, redemption, and spiritual renewal? On this edition of White Horse Inn, Michael Horton contrasts “American spirituality” with the historic Christian gospel (originally aired 08-15-10).

Show Quote:

Too many Christians think about salvation in contractual terms. Usually, it’s presented as a relatively easy and rewarding exchange — look at all that you’ll get for the little you must give. But in any case, the individual is in the driver’s seat. Just as the old bumper sticker used to say, “Jesus is my co-pilot.” In this view, Jesus becomes a kind of service provider, the gospel becomes a product, and the church becomes a marketing agency.

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