Christian Theology, 3rd Edition
Part 1: Studying God
"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, professor of theology, Western Seminary, Portland
"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, professor of theological studies, Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Praise for previous editions:
"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
"Millard Erickson's 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. Now updated, augmented, and provided with study aids, its usefulness as a text for students and a resource for pastors and lay leaders will be even greater. It is altogether a masterly piece of work."
J. I. Packer†, Regent College
"Christian Theology is not a work of 'constructive' theology; it is, in the best sense of the term, an introduction to theology. . . . Erickson shaped the work in order to be used well in a classroom setting, complete with helpful chapter outlines, summaries, objectives, and study questions. . . . A number of updates strengthen this third edition, many in response to professors and students who offered the author feedback from their use of the second edition. . . . Erickson has added new content in the form of chapters, sections, paragraphs, and footnotes to important areas of theology, reflecting the continued work he has done in the past fifteen years since the second edition. . . . One of the most valuable characteristics of the book is the author's desire to give students real tools and processes to use in life and ministry. While other systematic theologies include a section on process, Erickson's is not brief or simplistic but detailed and rigorous enough that the theological student is guided more thoroughly in her pursuit. . . . From a design perspective, the third edition is a dramatic improvement in its readability. . . . Christian Theology remains an excellent choice for professors to introduce their students to Christian theology and to love and serve the Triune God more deeply. This updated edition is only an improvement upon the second edition."
"[Erickson] has formed his theology in conversation with the key voices of greater Christendom (including in this edition more voices from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia). . . . Moreover, he has kept his finger on the pulse of current cultural trends and developments in the humanities and social sciences with which Christian theology remains in dialog. . . . Of particular value is Erickson's ability to articulate clearly, accurately, and fairly often complex theological subjects without being dismissive or combative. . . . For those interested in a one-volume work that is current in the discipline, biblically focused, conversant with ancient and contemporary voices, and fair, I highly recommend Erickson for seminarians, pastors, and inquisitive lay persons. In many ways this excellent work offers more than an 'introduction' to Christian Theology."
Robert W. Canoy,
Review and Expositor
"This work is [Erickson's] magnum opus, and one that has been well received and widely used for several decades. . . . It [is] student and teacher friendly. . . . Throughout the work, Erickson has updated the sources cited and interacted with current literature. These changes are beneficial. The strengths of Erickson's work remain in this edition. He presents alternative views fairly and accurately. His theological conclusions are well supported from Scripture and the Christian tradition. His writing is understandable and clear, accessible to those without theological training, and also helpful to those who do have such education. He deals with the doctrines of the Christian faith with significant breadth and depth. If a student, pastor, teacher, or educated layperson does not own a single-volume evangelical systematic theology text (and everyone should), this is the one to buy. It is comprehensive, clear, and encompassing of the essential doctrines of Christianity."
Glenn R. Kreider,
Praise for Previous Editions
"This may well be the best systematic theology available."
L. Russ Bush,
Southwestern Journal of Theology
"Belongs in the personal library of every evangelical pastor, teacher, and student."
Grace Theological Journal
"Destined to be the major beginning text in systematic theology for evangelicals in the twenty-first century."
Review and Expositor
"This is a good place to look for a concise statement of varying theological positions from one who affirms the inerrancy of the Bible."
Alan D. Strange,
"Erickson has produced a work that will benefit both pastors and laypeople looking for a contemporary, thorough, and accessible summary of historic Christian teachings."
"There is more than enough to appreciate and agree with in the book to make it worthwhile to own. It is more for a seminary level than undergraduate, and more for the person who is interested in a variety of views instead of just one. But most anyone who reads the book will benefit from the scholarship and insights to be gained."
Richard A. Fordyce
"Easily recognized as the most popular modern evangelical textbook for seminary-level systematic theology."
Robert D. Bell
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