This is a great little theology book! But as the previous reviewer implied, beware, Berkhof is an unashamed Calvinist--and so am I! And if you're not careful, you may be persuaded to become a Calvinist yourself, especially after reading this book! But don't despair, if you become a Calvinist, you'll be in excellent company. You too could be standing in the ranks with such great Christians as Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Owen, almost every Puritan, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, D. Martin Lloyd Jones, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, John Piper, etc., etc., etc (Wow, there are a lot of Johns in that group!). Not a bad crowd to be identified with! Anyway, go ahead and buy this little book, read it, and see what happens. Who knows, you may find yourself appreciating your Christian doctrinal heritage more than you may have ever thought possible!
This book is written from a reformed stand point. The author takes positions that are contrary to Baptist, Lutheran, and Catholic views. The author takes stands against pre and post-millenialism and supports the view of limited atonement.
This is a very serious course. This is not for the student looking for a "warm, cozy, feel good" kind of study, but one who wants meaty theology. You cannot beat the price and there is plenty here to flesh out for a full years course work.