- Hardcover: 1200 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 3 edition (August 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801036437
- ISBN-13: 978-0801036439
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This influential textbook, now substantially updated and revised throughout, offers a comprehensive introduction to theology that is biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions. The third edition takes into account feedback from professors and students and reflects current theological conversations, with added material on the atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge.
"This book is a very learned presentation of Christian doctrine on the basis of Scripture, but in continuing conversation with the tradition of the church as well as with modern philosophical and theological contributions. While affirming the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, its form of argument is not fundamentalist but open and available to everyone interested in the issues of Christian doctrine. The author takes account of critical historical exegesis. His book constitutes an excellent example of the evangelical outlook on the Christian faith and a basis for dialogue with other theological positions."
--Wolfhart Pannenberg, University of Munich
"Christian Theology has established itself as the most widely used and most generally useful of modern Protestant surveys of Christian truth. Robustly evangelical, essentially conservative, thoroughly contemporary, firmly Baptist, gently Calvinistic, and cautiously post-tribulationist premillennial, its fair-minded breadth and meticulous analysis of options have won it consistent praise. It is altogether a masterly piece of work."
--J. I. Packer, Regent College
"Millard Erickson's Christian Theology is irenic in tone while incisive in critique, readable in format while substantial in content, and always faithful to Scripture and to the service of God's church. The third edition will guide another generation through the ever-changing context in which theology must be done."
--Gerry Breshears, Western Seminary, Portland
"For many years I have known and honored Millard Erickson. What a consummate joy to see this third edition of his widely influential Christian Theology. The incomparable mix of a work of serious theological reflection yet such readability that a biblically literate layperson can grasp its message makes the volume special."
--Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
"Erickson has again given the church a clear-minded, well-stated, comprehensive expression of evangelical orthodoxy that is thoroughly informed for ministry in the twenty-first century. We are surely in his debt."
--John D. Morrison, Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Millard J. Erickson (PhD, Northwestern University) has served as a pastor and seminary dean and has taught at several schools, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Western Seminary (Portland and San Jose), and Baylor University. He has also held numerous visiting professorships, both in the United States and internationally. Erickson is the author of many books, including Introducing Christian Doctrine. He lives in Mounds View, Minnesota.
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This is my second Systematic Theology text (first was Wayne Grudem's), so I will not presume to speak intelligibly on where Erickson's work fits in the grand scheme of ST.
The Good: The ideas he put forth were done in a clear, proper manner. Where ideas were less complicated, Erickson used analogies and metaphors to help illustrate the point. I didn't agree with him on everything, but overall his opinions are predictable and evangelical. I knew from where he was coming and understood mostly why he believes what he does. As another reviewer put it, "Erickson is: robustly evangelical, essentially conservative and gently Calvinistic." Again, not that I agree with everything he says, but it's reassuring to read something through which you can grab a well-reasoned presentation of the author's opinion.
The Bad: Erickson tended to make sharp, "assumed" statements that, I feel, cannot necessarily be assumed (opinions on heaven/hell, gifts of the Spirit, etc). When such statements occurred, there were no footnotes, explanation, or even guidance to another chapter in the book. Too often I felt I were "left hanging."
The book was wholesome, well organized, and, personally, a great "second Systematic Theology text" to read. Nothing "outstanding," but nothing "horrible" either.
DISCLAIMER: I only worked through Erickson's chapters on Creation, Providence, Evil, Image of God, Sin, and Christology (chps. 16-39).