Christian Theology / Edition 3

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801036439
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 97,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Part 1: Studying God
1. What Is Theology?
2. The Possibility of Theology
3. The Method of Theology
4. Contextualizing Theology
5. Two Special Issues: Biblical Criticism and Theological Language
Part 2: Knowing God
6. God's Universal Revelation
7. God's Particular Revelation
8. The Preservation of the Revelation: Inspiration
9. The Dependability of God's Word: Inerrancy
10. The Power of God's Word: Authority
Part 3: What God Is Like
11. The Greatness of God
12. The Goodness of God
13. God's Nearness and Distance: Immanence and Transcendence
14. God's Three-in-Oneness: The Trinity
Part 4: What God Does
15. God's Plan
16. God's Originating Work: Creation
17. God's Continuing Work: Providence
18. Evil and God's World: A Special Problem
19. God's Special Agents: Angels
Part 5: Humanity
20. Introduction to the Doctrine of Humanity
21. The Origin of Humanity
22. The Image of God in the Human
23. The Constitutional Nature of the Human
24. The Universality of Humanity
Part 6: Sin
25. The Nature of Sin
26. The Source of Sin
27. The Results of Sin
28. The Magnitude of Sin
29. The Social Dimension of Sin
Part 7: The Person of Christ
30. Contemporary Issues in Christological Method
31. The Deity of Christ
32. The Humanity of Christ
33. The Unity of the Person of Christ
34. The Virgin Birth
Part 8: The Work of Christ
35. Introduction to the Work of Christ
36. Theories of the Atonement
37. The Central Theme of the Atonement
38. The Extent of the Atonement
Part 9: The Holy Spirit
39. The Person of the Holy Spirit
40. The Work of the Holy Spirit
41. Recent Issues regarding the Holy Spirit
Part 10: Salvation
42. Conceptions of Salvation
43. The Antecedent to Salvation: Predestination
44. The Beginning of Salvation: Subjective Aspects
45. The Beginning of Salvation: Objective Aspects
46. The Continuation of Salvation
47. The Completion of Salvation
48. The Means and Extent of Salvation
Part 11: The Church
49. The Nature of the Church
50. The Role of the Church
51. The Government and Unity of the Church
52. The Initiatory Rite of the Church: Baptism
53. The Continuing Rite of the Church: The Lord's Supper
Part 12: The Last Things
54. Introduction to Eschatology
55. Individual Eschatology
56. The Second Coming and Its Consequents
57. Millennial and Tribulational Views
58. Final States
Concluding Thoughts
Indexes

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