Christian Theology, 2nd
by Millard Erickson
A Comprehensive and engaging introduction to systematic theology from an Evangelical
For over twenty years Millard Erickson’s
Christian Theology has been used in universities and seminaries as a reliable and
comprehensive introduction to systematic theology. This new edition includes numerous additions to the
original, reflecting the changes occurring within the theological, intellectual, political, economic, and
social realms. There is a new chapter on postmodernism, along with chapter objectives, chapter summaries,
and study questions. Most major topics of theology are discussed, including important areas such as
biblical criticism, the relationship between theology and philosophy, and contemporizing the Christian
message. A noted benefit is Erickson’s willingness to engage with non-evangelical viewpoints giving the
reader an inside look at what those outside the conservative evangelical circle believe. A frequent
comment made about the original edition was that it was very user-friendly. The author has striven to
retain the original edition’s user-friendly characteristic in this new edition.
The central theme of Christian Theology is the magnificence of God.
The author refers to the greatness of God in terms of His power, knowledge, and other traditional “natural
attributes,” as well as His excellence and splendor. Erickson reminds us, “Theology as well as life
needs to be centered on the great living God, rather than on the human creature.” Perceiving the
Christian faith as being challenged by both religious competitors and nonreligious ideologies, Dr.
Erickson insists that careful theological reasoning and affirmation is even more important than when his
first edition was published. With that in mind, it is the author’s hope and prayer that his book will be
used by God to strengthen the church and extend the kingdom.
Erickson writes from a conservative, evangelical, Baptist perspective, and, although
reformed, he is not ardently Calvinistic. Christian Theology does contain Greek and Hebrew
transliterations, but these occurrences are not overwhelming. The book is designed for use in seminaries,
but is accessible to the lay-reader as well. Scriptural quotations are generally from the New
International Version. Christian Theology is clearly an indispensable tool for pastors,
students and church leaders.