In A Basic Guide to Eschatology, leading evangelical theologian Millard Erickson sets out an interpretative framework that helps you better understand the meaning of biblical texts and how to apply that meaning to your own life situation.
In this fair, careful, and accessible study, Erickson gives an overview of various end-times perspectives. Pastors, students, and all those interested in end-times thought will find this volume an understandable, well-organized examination of the various viewpoints.
Each position Erickson examines includes a brief overview, a history, a more thorough examination of its major concepts and of the arguments offered in support of them, and an evaluation of both its positive and negative aspects.
A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium is perfect for scholars, pastors, students, and theologians. The Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.
Erickson is certainly one of the most prolific writers among contemporary Baptists. But this comment about quantity shouldn’t eclipse the high quality of Erickson’s writing. He does a superb job at explaining topics that can be difficult to understand—in this case, eschatology. In a concise, to-the-point fashion, Erickson examines strengths and weaknesses of each of the major schools of thought.
Lucid and well-organized. . . . Each chapter begins with an overview of the position, followed by a short history, and then a more detailed defense. A brief evaluation . . . concludes the discussion of each position.
—Christian Scholar’s Review
Puts forth clearly and responsibly historically held post-, a-, and premillennial views. . . . A balanced and fair book.
Erickson is to be commended for the fair, balanced, and careful treatment he has given to each position.
Erickson has been fair in stating and evaluating the various views. . . . This book is a good place to begin in your quest for your own convictions.
—Southwestern Journal of Theology
Has value for all students of prophecy.
Useful for understanding options that have been and remain important for a large number of Christian churches.
Millard J. Erickson is a distinguished professor of theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, BD from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, MA from the University of Chicago, and PhD from Northwestern University. He has served as a pastor and seminary dean and has taught at numerous schools, including Bethel University, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Baylor University.
“Second, the postmillennialist expects a conversion of all the nations prior to Christ’s return.2” (Page 55)
“A third tenet of postmillennialism is the expectation of a long period of earthly peace termed the millennium.3” (Page 56)
“The first major feature of the premillennial system is an earthly reign of Christ that is established by His second coming.” (Page 91)
“A sixth point of postmillennialism is that the millennium will end with the personal, bodily return of Christ.” (Page 57)
“A seventh belief, a corollary of certain others, is that the Lord’s return will be followed immediately by the resurrection of all—righteous and unrighteous—and the judgement of all, and their assignment to one of two ultimate and permanent states.” (Page 58)
Millard Erickson (b. 1932) is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Western Seminary, Portland, and the author of the widely acclaimed systematics work Christian Theology along with more than twenty other books. He was professor of theology and academic dean at Bethel Seminary for many years. He earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.D. from Northern Baptist Seminary, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.