The first edition of Erickson's Christian Theology was the standard for conservative evangelical systematic theology. Erickson has updated Christian Theology based on the feedback from theology students and professors. Erickson also added a chapter on postmodernism, and has included chapter objectives, summaries, and study questions.
Erickson writes from a conservative, evangelical, Baptist perspective. He is reformed, but not ardently Calvinistic. Christian Theology is a technical/semi-technical work, requiring knowledge of Hebrew and Greek (Erickson has added Greek transliteration to go along with the existing Hebrew transliteration). It is designed for use in seminaries, but is accessible to educated lay-readers as well. Scriptural quotations are generally from the New International Version, though Erickson defers to the original languages.
At over 1300 pages, Christian Theology offers incredible depth of detail. Its meticulous analysis of the major issues in theology will prove helpful to all theology students, and Erickson's chapter summaries and study questions easily lend themselves to the classroom setting. Christian Theology is an indispensable tool for pastors, students and church leaders.