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Author: Millard Erickson


Third Edition

Leading evangelical scholar Millard Erickson offers a new edition of his bestselling textbook, now substantially updated and revised throughout. This edition takes into account feedback from professors and students and reflects current theological conversations, with added material on the atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge. Erickson's comprehensive introduction is biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions, and it applies doctrine to Christian life and ministry.


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

Closing Thoughts



About 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.


"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

"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. It will be extensively used at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary."  ~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, 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, emeritus professor of systematic theology, 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, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College