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Christian Theology Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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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.
THis is a good work, especially for young evangelicals as myself. It is a work that will get one excited about systematic theology.
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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I did not like this book, but I can see that there is a lot to admire in it, not least the ambition of the author and the breadth of his knowledge. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bill Greenhalf
Erickson has done a reasonably good job with this book. It is an introductory survey of the major topics of systematic theology. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bret James Stewart
I love this book, it is a must for the Christian's library. Erickson's writings are a joy to read, although there may be weaknesses found in his understanding in one or two areas... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Belinda B. Dickerson