Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson

By Roger E. Olson

During this ebook, Roger Olson units forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings and misrepresentations of it throughout the a while. Irenic but incisive, Olson argues that classical Arminian theology has a rightful position within the evangelical church since it continues deep roots inside Reformational theology, although it keeps vital adjustments from Calvinism. Myths addressed contain: delusion 1: Arminian Theology Is the other of Calvinist/Reformed Theology delusion 2: A Hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism is feasible delusion three: Arminianism isn't an Orthodox Evangelical choice delusion four: the center of Arminianism Is trust in unfastened Will fable five: Arminian Theology Denies the Sovereignty of God fantasy 6: Arminianism Is a Human-Centered Theology fable 7: Arminianism isn't really a Theology of Grace fantasy eight: Arminians don't believe in Predestination delusion nine: Arminian Theology Denies Justification through Grace on my own via religion by myself delusion 10: All Arminians think within the Governmental thought of the Atonement

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But that definition of Reformed theology is anachronistic when applied to Arminius’s own historical setting and too narrow and brittle even by contemporary Reformed standards. Arminian-Calvinist Common Ground Do later Arminians share common ground with Reformed theology and especially Calvinism? This depends, of course, on how we define those terms or which versions of them we work with. Less common ground will be found between Arminianism and high Calvinism, of the TULIP variety (see p. 16), than between Arminianism and revisionist Reformed thought represented by many mainline Reformed thinkers.

But without prevenient grace, they will inevitably and inexorably resist God’s will because of their slavery to sin. Prevenient grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the initial state of salvation. , p. 295. , p. 337. , pp. 341, 343. book Page 36 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM 36 ARMINIAN THEOLOGY tory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered mercy; as it respects the impotent, it is enabling power.

Pp. 384-85. Arminius, “Oration IV,” Works, 1:409. book Page 53 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM Arminian Theology Is the Opposite of Calvinist/Reformed Theology 53 to the first; this second covenant centers around Jesus Christ as the mediator and grace as the means of redemption. ”20 Its only condition is faith. Arminius scholar William Gene Witt explains this covenant theology in terms of Arminius’s distinction between two “theologies,” which are really two ways of interpreting God’s redemptive purpose and relationship with human beings.

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