While in seminary, this was the textbook (2nd Ed) used in my Systematic Theology classes. In this 3rd Edition, Erickson has updated several areas including the doctrines of atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge. Additionally, other parts have been combined or eliminated altogether.
The book is divided into 12 parts:
What is God Like
What God Does
The Person of Christ
The Work of Christ
The Holy Spirit
The Last Things
Each part is then subdivided into multiple chapters. Each chapter begins Chapter Objectives, Chapter Summary, Study questions, and a brief outline.
In his concluding chapter, Erickson addresses the need for systematic theology. He approaches this topic by addressing postmodernism or "postconserviative evangelicals" and changing cultural trends.
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a very good, academic treatment of systematic theological topics. Everyone, not just theologians, can benefit from Erickson's work. While it looks rather daunting at 1200 pages, this book is not a difficult read. Yes, you will struggle with some areas as you read and learn, but just think of it as exercising your intellectual muscles.
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