Introducing Christian Doctrine

ISBN-10: 0801022509

ISBN-13: 9780801022500

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $36.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 4/1/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

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, including Christian Theology.

Preface
The Doing of Theology
What Is Theology?
The Nature of Theology
The Method of Theology
Contemporizing the Christian Message
The Contemporary Context of Theology
Approaches to Contemporizing the Christian Message
The Permanent Element in Christianity
The Nature of Contemporization
The Criteria of Permanence in Doctrine
Postmodernity and Theology
Defining Postmodernism
Doing Theology in the Postmodern Age
God's Revelation
God's Universal Revelation
The Nature of Revelation
The Modes of General Revelation
The Reality and Efficacy of General Revelation
General Revelation and Human Responsibility
Implications of General Revelation
God's Particular Revelation
The Definition and Necessity of Special Revelation
The Style of Special Revelation
The Modes of Special Revelation
Special Revelation: Propositional or Personal?
Scripture as Revelation
The Preservation of the Revelation: Inspiration
Definition of Inspiration
The Fact of Inspiration
Theories of Inspiration
The Extent of Inspiration
The Intensiveness of Inspiration
A Model of Inspiration
The Dependability of God's Word: Inerrancy
Various Conceptions of Inerrancy
The Importance of Inerrancy
Inerrancy and Phenomena
Defining Inerrancy
Ancillary Issues
The Power of God's Word: Authority
Religious Authority
The Internal Working of the Holy Spirit
Objective and Subjective Components of Authority
The Bible and Reason
Historical and Normative Authoritativeness
The Nature of God
The Doctrine of God
The Immanence and Transcendence of God
The Nature of Attributes
Classifications of Attributes
The Greatness of God
Spirituality
Life
Personality
Infinity
Constancy
The Goodness of God
Moral Qualities
God's Love and Justice--A Point of Tension?
God's Three-in-Oneness: The Trinity
The Biblical Teaching
Historical Constructions
Essential Elements of a Doctrine of the Trinity
The Search for Analogies
The Work of God
God's Plan
Key Definitions
The Biblical Teaching
The Nature of the Divine Plan
Logical Priority: God's Plan or Human Action?
A Moderately Calvinistic Model
Various Understandings of History
God's Originating Work: Creation
Reasons for Studying the Doctrine of Creation
Elements of the Biblical Teaching on Creation
The Theological Meaning of the Doctrine
The Creation Doctrine and Its Relation to Science
Implications of the Doctrine of Creation
God's Continuing Work: Providence
Providence as Preservation
Providence as Government
Providence and Prayer
Providence and Miracles
Evil and God's World: A Special Problem
The Nature of the Problem
Types of Solutions
Themes for Dealing with the Problem of Evil
God's Special Agents: Angels
Good Angels
Evil Angels
The Role of the Doctrine of Angels
Humanity
Introduction to the Doctrine of Humanity
Images of Humankind
The Christian View of Humanity
The Biblical Account of Human Creation
The Theological Meaning of Human Creation
The Image of God in the Human
The Relevant Scripture Passages
Views of the Image
Evaluation of the Views
Conclusions Regarding the Nature of the Image
Implications of the Doctrine
The Constitutional Nature of the Human
Basic Views of the Human Constitution
Biblical Considerations
An Alternative Model: Conditional Unity
Implications of Conditional Unity
Sin
The Nature and Source of Sin
The Difficulty of Discussing Sin
Biblical Perspectives on the Nature of Sin
The Source of Sin
The Results of Sin
Results Affecting the Relationship with God
Effects on the Sinner
Effects on the Relationship to Other Humans
The Magnitude of Sin
The Extent of Sin
The Intensiveness of Sin
Theories of Original Sin
Original Sin: A Biblical and Contemporary Model
The Person of Christ
The Deity of Christ
The Biblical Teaching
Historical Departures from Belief in the Full Deity of Christ
Functional Christology
Implications of the Deity of Christ
The Humanity of Christ
The Importance of the Humanity of Christ
The Biblical Evidence
Early Heresies Regarding the Humanity of Jesus
The Virgin Birth
The Sinlessness of Jesus
Implications of the Humanity of Jesus
The Unity of the Person of Christ
The Importance and Difficulty of the Issue
The Biblical Material
Early Misunderstandings
Other Attempts to Solve the Problem
Basic Tenets of the Doctrine of Two Natures in One Person
The Work of Christ
Introduction to the Work of Christ
The Stages of Christ's Work
The Functions of Christ
The Manifold Theories of the Atonement
The Central Theme of Atonement
Background Factors
The New Testament Teaching
The Basic Meaning of Atonement
Objections to the Penal-Substitution Theory
The Implications of Substitutionary Atonement
The Holy Spirit
The Person of the Holy Spirit
The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Difficulties in Understanding the Holy Spirit
The Nature of the Holy Spirit
Implications of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Christian
The Miraculous Gifts Today
Implications of the Work of the Spirit
Salvation
Conceptions of Salvation
Details on Which Conceptions of Salvation Differ
Current Conceptions of Salvation
The Antecedent to Salvation: Predestination
Differing Views of Predestination
A Suggested Solution
Implications of Predestination
The Beginning of Salvation: Subjective Aspects
Effectual Calling
Conversion
Regeneration
Implications of Effectual Calling, Conversion, and Regeneration
The Beginning of Salvation: Objective Aspects
Union with Christ
Justification
Adoption
The Continuation and Completion of Salvation
Sanctification
Perseverance
Glorification
The Church
The Nature of the Church
The Basic Meaning of the Term "Church"
The Unity of the Church
Biblical Images of the Church
Implications
The Role and Government of the Church
The Functions of the Church
The Heart of the Ministry of the Church: The Gospel
Forms of Church Government
A System of Church Government for Today
The Ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Baptism: The Initiatory Rite of the Church
The Lord's Supper: The Continuing Rite of the Church
The Last Things
Introductory Matters and Individual Eschatology
Introduction to Eschatology
Death
The Intermediate State
Implications of the Doctrines of Death and the Intermediate State
The Second Coming and Its Consequents
The Second Coming
Resurrection
The Final Judgment
Implications of the Second Coming and Its Consequents
Millennial and Tribulational Views
Millennial Views
Tribulational Views
Final States
Final State of the Righteous
Final State of the Wicked
Implications of the Doctrine of the Final States
Conclusion
Scripture Index
Name and Subject Index
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