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About the Author

Millard J. Erickson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University's Truett Seminary and at Western Seminary, Portland. He is a leading evangelical spokesperson with numerous volumes to his credit, including God the Father Almighty, God in Three Persons, The Word Became Flesh, and Postmodernizing the Faith.
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Product Details

  • Series: Christian theology 2nd edition
  • Hardcover: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801021820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801021824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this theology at the urging of one of my ministers at Church. I found the book deep, but not overwhelming. Erickson comes from a robustly evangelical, gently Calvinistic background. He is respected by moderates and conservatives alike for interacting with other positions fairly, namely that position of Karl Barth--Erickson offering an Evangelical interaction.
For the information of one reviewer who said that Erickson's book Lacked the intellectual rigor of a Barth or Rahner, I would reply that this is an intro-level text at seminary , not a doctoral text (I went to one seminary bookstore to look around and conversed with other PhD students to find this out). In fact, Erickson's willingness to interact with Barth on numerous occasions is praiseworthy. Although Erickson is said to be Calvinistic in his approach, there will be times that he annoys Calvinists (See Wayne Grudem for a slight difference in, for example, "Does Regeneration precede faith?"). To get the most out of this text, read another systematic theology at the same time to compare and contrast.
Final Analysis:
THis is a good work, especially for young evangelicals as myself. It is a work that will get one excited about systematic theology.
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"Christian Theology" by Millard Erickson is a comprehensive, seminary level, evangelical systematic theology. Erickson is obviously well studied in a vast array of theological issues from various schools of thought. Typically he will present common viewpoints on a subject and then make an argument for his own position. Most of Erickson's positions seem clearly Calvinistic, but he treats other views with fairness, appreciation, and respect. Though I come from a dissimilar denominational background and some of my personal views are very different than his, I never felt my beliefs were under an unfair scrutiny or malicious attack. The book was so engaging and interesting that I actually found it hard to put down. I highly recommend the book to anyone desiring to study Christian theology at a seminary level.
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Millard Erickson is one of the most prolific evangelical theologians writing today. His CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY is (from what I've read) the most widely used systematic theology in Baptist seminaries. The doctrinal perspective of this work is premillenial, baptistic and moderately Calvinistic.

One of the advantages of this book is that Prof. Erickson doesn't bombard the reader with a list of theologians who have opined on various topics. He takes a topic, discusses three or four key thinkers and options, analyzes them, and gives his own opinion.

Prof. Erickson discusses most of the major topics of theology, including important background areas such as biblical criticism, the relationship between theology and philosophy, and contemporizing the Christian message. One area that Prof. Erickson skates over is that of women in the ministry. Last I checked, Prof. Erickson is a member of a pro-women's ordination group called Christians for Biblical Equality, but you wouldn't know it from reading this book. The discussion of women implies that he supports it, but he isn't as clear as one would expect. (See p. 565-66.)

For even more conservative protestant works in systematic theology, readers should consider the works of Robert Reymond and Wayne Grudem.
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When I had Dr. Erickson for Systematic Theology in seminary the cover of this book was green and it was affectionately referred to as "the green monster." It was big and intimidating. I bought the book and began my forced, daily readings of it. I found that this monster was gentle and fascinating. Dr. Erickson covers all the sides of the doctrines he discusses and yet does not fail to define where he falls on them. His writing style is such that he is able to make the deepest issues understandable for anyone willing to put a little time into the book. While, the book is not the book I would recommend for someone with no previous theological reading, it is one that I would say needs to be in the collection of anyone seriouesly interested in systematic theology.
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Outstanding effort. Faithful to Biblical text, logical, consise, contemporary, fairly evaluating interpretive options and honestly and humbly coming down on the side of views most persuasive to his research. Hallmarked by clarity and completeness without sacrificing brevity. Balanced and objective doing justice to the Scriptural witness without compromising truth or conviction. What is most admirable is how he masterfully refuses to artificially resolve doctrinal/theological paradoxes, but lets them stand in the hope that they may resolve into a higher, complementary, whole-orbed truth unknowable here and now. He follows the Biblical injunction, "Do not go beyond what is written." As Scripture is not beholden to any doctrinal camp or denominational persuasion, so the author heroically strives to follow suit, producing a truly Biblical theology summation, the finest I have seen of late. See D.A. Carson's Exegetical Fallacies and note how few (if any) are repeated in this excellent volume.
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