Introducing Christian Doctrine / Edition 2

Introducing Christian Doctrine / Edition 2

by Millard J. Erickson, L. Hustad
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Introducing Christian Doctrine / Edition 2

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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ISBN-13: 9780801022500
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.26(w) x 10.26(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part 1The Doing of Theology
1.What Is Theology?15
The Nature of Theology16
The Method of Theology19
2.Contemporizing the Christian Message23
The Contemporary Context of Theology24
Approaches to Contemporizing the Christian Message25
The Permanent Element in Christianity26
The Nature of Contemporization27
The Criteria of Permanence in Doctrine28
3.Postmodernity and Theology31
Defining Postmodernism32
Doing Theology in the Postmodern Age35
Part 2God's Revelation
4.God's Universal Revelation41
The Nature of Revelation42
The Modes of General Revelation42
The Reality and Efficacy of General Revelation43
General Revelation and Human Responsibility48
Implications of General Revelation49
5.God's Particular Revelation51
The Definition and Necessity of Special Revelation52
The Style of Special Revelation53
The Modes of Special Revelation55
Special Revelation: Propositional or Personal?57
Scripture as Revelation58
6.The Preservation of the Revelation: Inspiration60
Definition of Inspiration61
The Fact of Inspiration62
Theories of Inspiration63
The Extent of Inspiration64
The Intensiveness of Inspiration65
A Model of Inspiration65
7.The Dependability of God's Word: Inerrancy68
Various Conceptions of Inerrancy69
The Importance of Inerrancy70
Inerrancy and Phenomena71
Defining Inerrancy72
Ancillary Issues74
8.The Power of God's Word: Authority76
Religious Authority77
The Internal Working of the Holy Spirit77
Objective and Subjective Components of Authority79
The Bible and Reason80
Historical and Normative Authoritativeness81
Part 3The Nature of God
9.The Doctrine of God85
The Immanence and Transcendence of God87
The Nature of Attributes89
Classifications of Attributes90
10.The Greatness of God91
11.The Goodness of God98
Moral Qualities99
God's Love and Justice--A Point of Tension?104
12.God's Three-in-Oneness: The Trinity106
The Biblical Teaching107
Historical Constructions111
Essential Elements of a Doctrine of the Trinity113
The Search for Analogies114
Part 4The Work of God
13.God's Plan119
Key Definitions120
The Biblical Teaching120
The Nature of the Divine Plan122
Logical Priority: God's Plan or Human Action?123
A Moderately Calvinistic Model124
Various Understandings of History128
14.God's Originating Work: Creation129
Reasons for Studying the Doctrine of Creation130
Elements of the Biblical Teaching on Creation131
The Theological Meaning of the Doctrine133
The Creation Doctrine and Its Relation to Science134
Implications of the Doctrine of Creation136
15.God's Continuing Work: Providence137
Providence as Preservation138
Providence as Government140
Providence and Prayer144
Providence and Miracles144
16.Evil and God's World: A Special Problem147
The Nature of the Problem148
Types of Solutions149
Themes for Dealing with the Problem of Evil149
17.God's Special Agents: Angels154
Good Angels155
Evil Angels158
The Role of the Doctrine of Angels160
Part 5Humanity
18.Introduction to the Doctrine of Humanity163
Images of Humankind164
The Christian View of Humanity165
The Biblical Account of Human Creation166
The Theological Meaning of Human Creation168
19.The Image of God in the Human170
The Relevant Scripture Passages171
Views of the Image172
Evaluation of the Views174
Conclusions Regarding the Nature of the Image175
Implications of the Doctrine176
20.The Constitutional Nature of the Human179
Basic Views of the Human Constitution180
Biblical Considerations182
An Alternative Model: Conditional Unity183
Implications of Conditional Unity184
Part 6Sin
21.The Nature and Source of Sin187
The Difficulty of Discussing Sin188
Biblical Perspectives on the Nature of Sin188
The Source of Sin189
22.The Results of Sin193
Results Affecting the Relationship with God194
Effects on the Sinner200
Effects on the Relationship to Other Humans201
23.The Magnitude of Sin202
The Extent of Sin203
The Intensiveness of Sin204
Theories of Original Sin206
Original Sin: A Biblical and Contemporary Model208
Part 7The Person of Christ
24.The Deity of Christ215
The Biblical Teaching216
Historical Departures from Belief in the Full Deity of Christ220
Functional Christology221
Implications of the Deity of Christ221
25.The Humanity of Christ223
The Importance of the Humanity of Christ224
The Biblical Evidence225
Early Heresies Regarding the Humanity of Jesus227
The Virgin Birth228
The Sinlessness of Jesus230
Implications of the Humanity of Jesus231
26.The Unity of the Person of Christ233
The Importance and Difficulty of the Issue234
The Biblical Material234
Early Misunderstandings235
Other Attempts to Solve the Problem236
Basic Tenets of the Doctrine of Two Natures in One Person237
Part 8The Work of Christ
27.Introduction to the Work of Christ243
The Stages of Christ's Work245
The Functions of Christ248
The Manifold Theories of the Atonement251
28.The Central Theme of Atonement255
Background Factors257
The New Testament Teaching259
The Basic Meaning of Atonement261
Objections to the Penal-Substitution Theory263
The Implications of Substitutionary Atonement264
Part 9The Holy Spirit
29.The Person of the Holy Spirit269
The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit270
Difficulties in Understanding the Holy Spirit271
The Nature of the Holy Spirit271
Implications of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit274
30.The Work of the Holy Spirit275
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament276
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus278
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian278
The Miraculous Gifts Today281
Implications of the Work of the Spirit285
Part 10Salvation
31.Conceptions of Salvation289
Details on Which Conceptions of Salvation Differ290
Current Conceptions of Salvation292
32.The Antecedent to Salvation: Predestination297
Differing Views of Predestination298
A Suggested Solution302
Implications of Predestination303
33.The Beginning of Salvation: Subjective Aspects305
Effectual Calling306
Implications of Effectual Calling, Conversion, and Regeneration313
34.The Beginning of Salvation: Objective Aspects314
Union with Christ315
35.The Continuation and Completion of Salvation324
Part 11The Church
36.The Nature of the Church339
The Basic Meaning of the Term "Church"340
The Unity of the Church340
Biblical Images of the Church341
37.The Role and Government of the Church346
The Functions of the Church347
The Heart of the Ministry of the Church: The Gospel350
Forms of Church Government352
A System of Church Government for Today354
38.The Ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper356
Baptism: The Initiatory Rite of the Church358
The Lord's Supper: The Continuing Rite of the Church363
Part 11The Last Things
39.Introductory Matters and Individual Eschatology371
Introduction to Eschatology373
The Intermediate State378
Implications of the Doctrines of Death and the Intermediate State382
40.The Second Coming and Its Consequents383
The Second Coming384
The Final Judgment390
Implications of the Second Coming and Its Consequents392
41.Millennial and Tribulational Views393
Millennial Views394
Tribulational Views400
42.Final States406
Final State of the Righteous407
Final State of the Wicked411
Implications of the Doctrine of the Final States414
Scripture Index417
Name and Subject Index427

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Introducing Christian Doctrine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.