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Overall a good read.
on February 6, 2015
Although Erickson writes from a Calvinistic view of the bible and salvation, it is none the less a good read for learning basic Christian theology. There are a few occasions where he tries to make a distinction in his argument about the use of terms and the providence of God and it fall flat. It seemed to me he was trying to make a distinction where there is no distinction. This is what he says in context to the plan of God for man " The plan of God does not force us to act in particular ways, but renders it certain that we will freely (the word freely he has italicized) act in those ways" (2001, p. 123). To me that argument falls flat and is a distinction without a distinction along with some other instances of that nature later on in the book.
He also presents a progressive view of creation, an idea which i don't particularly espouse. My main point is that he spends most of the section on that view, which is his view.
Overall a good thorough introduction.