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Christian Theology has been revised to take account of changes in the theological world as well as changes in the intellectual, political, economic, and social worlds. Several sections have been added, including a new chapter on postmodernism. At other points the discussion has been updated, and some portions of the original have been condensed, since the issues they origi ...more
Hardcover, 1312 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Baker Academic (first published 1983)
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Tim Cooper
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although it took me most of the summer to read, I think this now replaces Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology as my 'go to' book for quick theological study. Erickson is very detailed in his study and makes some really complex issues approachable. ...more
Jared Wilson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Starts unevenly. Gets better. I wish he'd said more on some things, less on others. Generally solid, though, but certainly not the SysTheo I'd recommend as a go-to. ...more
B.J. Richardson
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For most of those who are reading this review, I am guessing that Grudem is your go-to text for systematic theology. It is time to change that. Grudem is good, he was one of my undergrad textbooks and I have read him cover to cover at least twice. But this book is far better. While both texts are born from a Calvinist perspective, this one carries the day for two reasons.

First, it does a much better job of fairly and accurately presenting all sides of an argument before Erickson weighs in on wh
Bret James Stewart
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Erickson has done a reasonably good job with this book. It is an introductory survey of the major topics of systematic theology. On the positive side, he has done a phenomenal job in structuring this book so that it is easy to find information. He has reading questions at the beginning of each section that tell you what you are going to encounter, and he uses headings and sub-heading effectively to break up information into logical groups. His writing style is also approachable and is able to ta ...more
Glenn Wishnew III
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is essentially a reference book. As such, it is far from exhilarating.
Jacob Aitken
This was the first systematic text I read. Admittedly, nine years ago I really couldn't evaluate Erickson's positions. I read his text in conjunction with Grudem's and the differences became apparent. Erickson studied under Wolfhart Pannenburg and as a result he is able to competently grasp many tough philosophical issues. (This is largely absent from Grudem).

Since he is an evangelical, the reader can guess his positions on most topics. However, for the Calvinist reader a few things might be mo
Christian Barrett
Systematic Theologies are hard to review, so I feel it necessary to review this book based off its author’s intent to provided a concise introductory theology that is accessible to readers. First, I would not argue this is concise by any means. Second, for introductory book there is quite a bit of discussion about views that are not pertinent. Third, this book should be titled “Baptist Christian Theology.” As a Baptist I am not arguing that this is a bad thing, but Ericksons baptists convictions ...more
Brent McCulley
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
My first systematic theology finally completely read from cover to cover! What a refreshing feeling closing this after reading the last page after several months of wrestling with Millard J. Erickson's treatment in Christian Theology. Let me begin by saying obviously I don't agree with all of Erickson's thought--who would? As a systematic theology, the systematizer does the painstaking job at putting his theology into a coherent system, and as such, it reflects Erickson's system, and not someone ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
The strength of this book is the depth into which Mr. Erickson goes as he covers the main theological viewpoints on various topics. He does a great job of summarizing the various views, offering strengths and weaknesses of those views, and then offering his own final analysis as to which view he believes is the most Biblically sound. The drawback to this approach is that it is sometimes difficult to keep the views separated in one's own mind, causing some unnecessary confusion. Additionally, by ...more
Philip Christman
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave myself a year to work through the 1200+ pages of this book while trying to do justice to the text. it's taken almost that long, but was worth the time. Although completely evangelical, Erickson is unafraid to take less-than-majority opinions (it threw me that he leans to post -tribulationism). There is a constant emphasis on missions. best of all, this book is readable in a way that Strong's is not, and profound in a way that Bancroft's is not. I reccomend it highly. ...more
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although firmly anchored within the Baptist tradition, Erickson presents all sides of each issue with clarity and balance before making his conclusions on each issue. Unlike much work in theology, Erickson's prose is light and readable throughout, making this a practical option for serious students as well as laymen. ...more
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Even though I was in seminary and have had several years of Bible teaching, this book was written in a language that many could understand. I appreciated the unbiased presentation of different perspectives.
Rebecca Ray
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 168 of 2019. This 1186 page behemoth of systematic theology has been a slow-but-steady read for me across three months and two systematic theology classes. Like the title says, this is Christian theology, and it is a systematic theology touching upon all areas of Christian doctrine. Between it and my two theology professors, I feel like I have been truly mentored through systematic theology and like I have a basic grasp on the discipline’s concepts.

For the armchair theologian: This is a dif
Mel Foster
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Whew! This was not a fast read. Erickson's approach is to try to engage a range of views on each of the many topics, and then try to come to a conclusion from the Biblical evidence (usually) or his personal preference (a couple times). He brings a broadminded Calvinistic evangelical approach, though sometimes the work seems disproportionately weighted with mid-Twentieth Century views--likely the cutting edge theories when he was in school.
His view of science and Genesis seems very dated (as wel
Eric Yap
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
I am tempted to say that Erickson is the "true and better Grudem" because they are both baptistic, introductory systematic theology but Erickson is slightly more detailed and engages more broadly with major positions, but halfway through the book I realised Grudem might be more conservative (reformed) than Erickson (Grudem's problem is his doctrine of God). Well, it wouldn't be fair to stack this against other single volume STs that are intentionally within the reformed tradition (Berkhof, Horto ...more
Michael Pagan
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: seminary
Just like every other review says, it’s okay. He uses a lot more philosophy than someone like Grudem, which is good, though he rejects some tenets of classical theism, which is not good. My classmates have characterized Erickson as “here’s one side, here’s the other side, and I’m going to fight my hardest to land in the middle.” Pick a side, man.

The book as a whole feels like it was probably concise and well-organized in the first edition, and then as issues came up in culture, Erickson just st
Noah McMillen
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology is a masterpiece in evangelical theology and was extremely enjoyable to read. Though it started off a little slow and in general engaged a little too much with liberal theology and not enough with historical theology for my tastes, these are very minor gripes. I particularly loved the chapter “God’s Plan,” and Erickson’s sublapsarian Calvinism has profoundly impacted my thinking. Also, the chapter “Concluding Thoughts” was a great treatise on ideas and the n ...more
Colby Holloway
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
If you happen to be the kind of person that wants to do a wide and deep dive into the current views and conversations occurring in white evangelical beliefs this is a great book. A nice summary of different main views on each topic, historical theological context when necessary, and an evaluation of each belief. He does have a clear bias throughout, but anyone who is going to care enough about a topic to write a 1100 page volume on systematic theology is inevitable going to care quite strongly a ...more
Anthony Hebert
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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C.J. Moore
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not perfect, but it's one of my favorites. I don't agree with a lot of Erickson's theological leanings, but he treats most positions fairly throughout the book before writing on his own. J.I. Packer calls it "gently Calvinistic." I think that's going a bit too far, myself. Even so, be sure to add this one to your shelf. Will make for good reference (for me) for years to come. ...more
Dennis Thurman
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid Theology

Although there are certainly elements of this book that I would disagree with, for the most part Erickson seeks to be serious and Scriptural in his approach. Overall, it is a solid evangelical work. He examines differing interpretations of key positions and then state his—often compellingly. Well worth the investment in money to purchase it and time to read it.
Steve Campbell
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This is a thorough, comprehensive, and reasoned examination of the basic theology of Christianity. While it is aimed toward theology students in college and seminary, it is accessible to any serious Christian who has a thirst for the knowledge of God and his ways.
Jason Hoke
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I always read a theology book with a highlighter. This one though is 70% what others believe and 20% of why they are wrong with 10% on his view to wrap things up. Probably my least favorite of the Theology books I have reviewed.
Justin Payne
Read for Sys Theo Class

Overall this book was ok. I appreciated the historical narrative in showing how certain positions came about, but overall this was not my favorite systematic theology book I’ve read.
Nick Perez
I read this for my Systematic Theology I & II courses in grad school. He covers a lot of territory. I was surprised by Erickson is a dispensational postmillennialist. Overall a very good overview of Christian theology from a (more or less) semi-Calvinistic perspective.
Nicholas Matthews
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm sure this will become a personal go-to resource over the many years to come. I've launched straight in to Chapter 23: The Constitutional Nature of the Human for research for a book in currently writing. ...more
Adrian Agapie
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, theology
I appreciated that it was more of a survey/introduction to different theological topics as well as a good presentation of various perspectives on the topics addressed (when compared to Chafer, for example).
John Rimmer
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd recommend Grudem before Erickson, but who cares what I say. ...more
Krista Dominguez
While I don't agree with all of Erickson's conclusions, this is an excellent systematic theology textbook. ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like the way the book is organized and the way study questions are addressed.
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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, and is the author of many books. Erickson lives in Mounds ...more

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