Introducing Christian Doctrine / Edition 2

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Overview

This abridgment of Erickson's classic Christian Theology gives an overview of the doctrines of revelation, God, creation, providence, humanity, sin, Jesus Christ, atonement and salvation, the church, and eschatology. Erickson's careful theological reflection is here made accessible to any serious reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801022500
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 335,326
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Millard J. Erickson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Truett Seminary and at Western Seminary, Portland. He is the author of numerous works, including Christian Theology, God in Three Persons, and The Word Became Flesh.

L. Arnold Hustad
is professor of theology and philosophy at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Part 1 The Doing of Theology
1. What Is Theology? 15
The Nature of Theology 16
The Method of Theology 19
2. Contemporizing the Christian Message 23
The Contemporary Context of Theology 24
Approaches to Contemporizing the Christian Message 25
The Permanent Element in Christianity 26
The Nature of Contemporization 27
The Criteria of Permanence in Doctrine 28
3. Postmodernity and Theology 31
Defining Postmodernism 32
Doing Theology in the Postmodern Age 35
Part 2 God's Revelation
4. God's Universal Revelation 41
The Nature of Revelation 42
The Modes of General Revelation 42
The Reality and Efficacy of General Revelation 43
General Revelation and Human Responsibility 48
Implications of General Revelation 49
5. God's Particular Revelation 51
The Definition and Necessity of Special Revelation 52
The Style of Special Revelation 53
The Modes of Special Revelation 55
Special Revelation: Propositional or Personal? 57
Scripture as Revelation 58
6. The Preservation of the Revelation: Inspiration 60
Definition of Inspiration 61
The Fact of Inspiration 62
Theories of Inspiration 63
The Extent of Inspiration 64
The Intensiveness of Inspiration 65
A Model of Inspiration 65
7. The Dependability of God's Word: Inerrancy 68
Various Conceptions of Inerrancy 69
The Importance of Inerrancy 70
Inerrancy and Phenomena 71
Defining Inerrancy 72
Ancillary Issues 74
8. The Power of God's Word: Authority 76
Religious Authority 77
The Internal Working of the Holy Spirit 77
Objective and Subjective Components of Authority 79
The Bible and Reason 80
Historical and Normative Authoritativeness 81
Part 3 The Nature of God
9. The Doctrine of God 85
The Immanence and Transcendence of God 87
The Nature of Attributes 89
Classifications of Attributes 90
10. The Greatness of God 91
Spirituality 92
Life 93
Personality 93
Infinity 94
Constancy 96
11. The Goodness of God 98
Moral Qualities 99
God's Love and Justice--A Point of Tension? 104
12. God's Three-in-Oneness: The Trinity 106
The Biblical Teaching 107
Historical Constructions 111
Essential Elements of a Doctrine of the Trinity 113
The Search for Analogies 114
Part 4 The Work of God
13. God's Plan 119
Key Definitions 120
The Biblical Teaching 120
The Nature of the Divine Plan 122
Logical Priority: God's Plan or Human Action? 123
A Moderately Calvinistic Model 124
Various Understandings of History 128
14. God's Originating Work: Creation 129
Reasons for Studying the Doctrine of Creation 130
Elements of the Biblical Teaching on Creation 131
The Theological Meaning of the Doctrine 133
The Creation Doctrine and Its Relation to Science 134
Implications of the Doctrine of Creation 136
15. God's Continuing Work: Providence 137
Providence as Preservation 138
Providence as Government 140
Providence and Prayer 144
Providence and Miracles 144
16. Evil and God's World: A Special Problem 147
The Nature of the Problem 148
Types of Solutions 149
Themes for Dealing with the Problem of Evil 149
17. God's Special Agents: Angels 154
Good Angels 155
Evil Angels 158
The Role of the Doctrine of Angels 160
Part 5 Humanity
18. Introduction to the Doctrine of Humanity 163
Images of Humankind 164
The Christian View of Humanity 165
The Biblical Account of Human Creation 166
The Theological Meaning of Human Creation 168
19. The Image of God in the Human 170
The Relevant Scripture Passages 171
Views of the Image 172
Evaluation of the Views 174
Conclusions Regarding the Nature of the Image 175
Implications of the Doctrine 176
20. The Constitutional Nature of the Human 179
Basic Views of the Human Constitution 180
Biblical Considerations 182
An Alternative Model: Conditional Unity 183
Implications of Conditional Unity 184
Part 6 Sin
21. The Nature and Source of Sin 187
The Difficulty of Discussing Sin 188
Biblical Perspectives on the Nature of Sin 188
The Source of Sin 189
22. The Results of Sin 193
Results Affecting the Relationship with God 194
Effects on the Sinner 200
Effects on the Relationship to Other Humans 201
23. The Magnitude of Sin 202
The Extent of Sin 203
The Intensiveness of Sin 204
Theories of Original Sin 206
Original Sin: A Biblical and Contemporary Model 208
Part 7 The Person of Christ
24. The Deity of Christ 215
The Biblical Teaching 216
Historical Departures from Belief in the Full Deity of Christ 220
Functional Christology 221
Implications of the Deity of Christ 221
25. The Humanity of Christ 223
The Importance of the Humanity of Christ 224
The Biblical Evidence 225
Early Heresies Regarding the Humanity of Jesus 227
The Virgin Birth 228
The Sinlessness of Jesus 230
Implications of the Humanity of Jesus 231
26. The Unity of the Person of Christ 233
The Importance and Difficulty of the Issue 234
The Biblical Material 234
Early Misunderstandings 235
Other Attempts to Solve the Problem 236
Basic Tenets of the Doctrine of Two Natures in One Person 237
Part 8 The Work of Christ
27. Introduction to the Work of Christ 243
The Stages of Christ's Work 245
The Functions of Christ 248
The Manifold Theories of the Atonement 251
28. The Central Theme of Atonement 255
Background Factors 257
The New Testament Teaching 259
The Basic Meaning of Atonement 261
Objections to the Penal-Substitution Theory 263
The Implications of Substitutionary Atonement 264
Part 9 The Holy Spirit
29. The Person of the Holy Spirit 269
The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 270
Difficulties in Understanding the Holy Spirit 271
The Nature of the Holy Spirit 271
Implications of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 274
30. The Work of the Holy Spirit 275
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament 276
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus 278
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian 278
The Miraculous Gifts Today 281
Implications of the Work of the Spirit 285
Part 10 Salvation
31. Conceptions of Salvation 289
Details on Which Conceptions of Salvation Differ 290
Current Conceptions of Salvation 292
32. The Antecedent to Salvation: Predestination 297
Differing Views of Predestination 298
A Suggested Solution 302
Implications of Predestination 303
33. The Beginning of Salvation: Subjective Aspects 305
Effectual Calling 306
Conversion 307
Regeneration 311
Implications of Effectual Calling, Conversion, and Regeneration 313
34. The Beginning of Salvation: Objective Aspects 314
Union with Christ 315
Justification 318
Adoption 321
35. The Continuation and Completion of Salvation 324
Sanctification 325
Perseverance 328
Glorification 333
Part 11 The Church
36. The Nature of the Church 339
The Basic Meaning of the Term "Church" 340
The Unity of the Church 340
Biblical Images of the Church 341
Implications 345
37. The Role and Government of the Church 346
The Functions of the Church 347
The Heart of the Ministry of the Church: The Gospel 350
Forms of Church Government 352
A System of Church Government for Today 354
38. The Ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper 356
Baptism: The Initiatory Rite of the Church 358
The Lord's Supper: The Continuing Rite of the Church 363
Part 11 The Last Things
39. Introductory Matters and Individual Eschatology 371
Introduction to Eschatology 373
Death 375
The Intermediate State 378
Implications of the Doctrines of Death and the Intermediate State 382
40. The Second Coming and Its Consequents 383
The Second Coming 384
Resurrection 388
The Final Judgment 390
Implications of the Second Coming and Its Consequents 392
41. Millennial and Tribulational Views 393
Millennial Views 394
Tribulational Views 400
42. Final States 406
Final State of the Righteous 407
Final State of the Wicked 411
Implications of the Doctrine of the Final States 414
Conclusion 415
Scripture Index 417
Name and Subject Index 427
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    seminary textbook

    I use this for a seminary level doctrine survey class, an introduction. Erickson covers all the standard ground and includes scriture. One of the best features is his ability to interact with other positions, something other books lack. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    Millard light

    I have read both this text and the more thorough Christian Theology, and I must say that this text is simply a delight to read. There seems to be a right amount of material to keep this text "action-packed" for a lack of better words, while adhearing to a certain measure of theological soundness. I would recommend this text not only for a college theology course, but also for the person who would like to dig a bit deeper into the mind bending world of theology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2001

    Deep Stuff

    This book was a lot to handle at one time. The only reason I read it, was for class. It made me tired and to tell the truth, I read it before I went to bed. It did have some good points in it though. It is also very detailed in the Erickson point of view in theology.

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