The first edition of Erickson's Christian Theology was the standard for conservative evangelical systematic theology. Erickson has updated Christian Theology based on the feedback from theology students and professors. Erickson also added a chapter on postmodernism, and has included chapter objectives, summaries, and study questions.
Erickson writes from a conservative, evangelical, Baptist perspective. He is reformed, but not ardently Calvinistic. Christian Theology is a technical/semi-technical work, requiring knowledge of Hebrew and Greek (Erickson has added Greek transliteration to go along with the existing Hebrew transliteration). It is designed for use in seminaries, but is accessible to educated lay-readers as well. Scriptural quotations are generally from the New International Version, though Erickson defers to the original languages.
At over 1300 pages, Christian Theology offers incredible depth of detail. Its meticulous analysis of the major issues in theology will prove helpful to all theology students, and Erickson's chapter summaries and study questions easily lend themselves to the classroom setting. Christian Theology is an indispensable tool for pastors, students and church leaders.
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I have appreciated the key point list, chapter summary and study questions at the beginning of each chapter. He does a great job of presenting alternate views of each topic before stating his theological position.
This is an excellent systematic which goes in depth on almost every topic it covers. I wouldn't necessarily classify this as a technical work but its more in-depth than Grudem's systematic. However, anyone can read and profit from it. It will be a welcome addition to any student's library.
"Compact" may not be the right word for this hefty tome but, given the scope it covers, I think it describes each chapter. Erickson states his own views and conclusions; but only after fairly and accurately giving those of others. An excellent one-volume work!
Erickson treats the topic of God with detail and caution, yet at the same time beautifies the study of God. The vast knowledge one has to have in order to write a succinct text on systematic theology is incredible. It has, and will continue for a period of time to be a great work on systematic theology.
Millard Erickson's tremendous intellect and humble heart has produced a book on theology that is well balanced and warm, while displaying his years of thought devoted to the Christian faith. Though I disagree with some of what he writes, that does not detract from the excellence of this book.This was the first book on Christian theology I read and its impact is still with me, well over a decade later. His writing style makes it so that we laity can read and not get stumped at every turn by fancy or lengthy words.I highly recommended this book to anyone who will listen.
I was very excited to receive my copy of Christian Theology by Erickson. My first encounter with this Systematic Text was in 1989, when it was required reading for my seminary education. After having devoured its erudite contents with great delight, I lent it to another seminarian, and never saw hide not hair of it again! Imagine my delight to discover it at CBD for a fraction of the original price and thus, and to be able to return it my personal library. My advice to those who are considering purchasing "Christian Theology" is this; buy it, read it, enjoy it and (for goodness sake) don't lend it to anyone!
Millard Erickson has given the church a wonderful look at the foundational beliefs of Christianity today.He is clear, interesting and interacts with other views in a humble and Christ-like manner. This was the very first book and theology I read years ago and still love it today.Great value for the money!
Profound yet understandable, Erickson's thought-provoking systematic theology is destined to be a classic and a staple textbook for many seminaries. I may have disagreements with some of his conclusions, but I cannot discount the fact that this is one well written and exhaustively reasearched treasure chest of evangelical theology.
This is a very helpful treatise on the many subjects of systematic theology. However, the one over- riding weakness is how the author, while emphatically supporting his claims of inerrancy, undermines those same claims by dismissing Genesis as a literal creation narrative. In the course of discussion he even acknowledges the difficulties of his position in light of other passages of Scripture, which support a literal seven-day creative time period.The strong suit of this book is the treatment of Soteriology. He quickly links the issue of self-esteem with our position in Christ, making the treatment valuable and practical.His treatment of Calvinism and Armenians are very well done. His fair treatment of Armenians, even though his leanings are Calvinistic, are well done, and worth the price of the book.The lower rating of 4.0 reflects his disappointing treatment of creation.