By Roger E. Olson
During this publication, Roger Olson units forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings and misrepresentations of it during the a long time. Irenic but incisive, Olson argues that classical Arminian theology has a rightful position within the evangelical church since it continues deep roots inside of Reformational theology, although it keeps very important changes from Calvinism. Myths addressed comprise: delusion 1: Arminian Theology Is the other of Calvinist/Reformed Theology fantasy 2: A Hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism is feasible fable three: Arminianism isn't an Orthodox Evangelical choice fable four: the center of Arminianism Is trust in loose Will delusion five: Arminian Theology Denies the Sovereignty of God fable 6: Arminianism Is a Human-Centered Theology delusion 7: Arminianism isn't a Theology of Grace fantasy eight: Arminians don't believe in Predestination fantasy nine: Arminian Theology Denies Justification through Grace on my own via religion on my own fantasy 10: All Arminians think within the Governmental concept of the Atonement
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19, 23. , p. 24. book Page 51 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM Arminian Theology Is the Opposite of Calvinist/Reformed Theology 51 may be described as a grace-qualified, grace-inspired and grace-guided freedom. 14 Even such a conservative and venerable Arminian theologian as H. ”15 Two Links Between Arminius’s Theology and Reformed Theology Two areas where Arminius’s theology stayed close to Reformed theology and the standard Calvinism of his day are its emphasis on God’s glory and its use of covenant or federal theology.
P. 281. book Page 46 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM 46 ARMINIAN THEOLOGY ple, including pastors and theologians, pit Arminianism and Reformed theology against each other as if they are necessarily at war, portraying them in such a way that only one can be orthodox. ” I am not implying that both are true at every point. In fact, I reject any hybrid of Arminianism and Calvinism on crucial points of soteriology. Nevertheless, to say that only one honors Scripture is wrong. Neither tradition is the gospel itself; both are fallible attempts to interpret the gospel and Scripture, and both can honor them even if one or the other is wrong at certain points.
But the main reason Arminians reject the Calvinist notion of monergistic salvation, in which God unconditionally elects some to salvation and bends their wills irresistibly, is that it violates the character of God and the nature of a personal relationship. If God saves unconditionally and irresistibly, why doesn’t he save all? Appeal to mystery at this point does not satisfy the Arminian mind because the character of God as love showing itself in mercy is at stake. If the humans chosen by God cannot resist having a right relationship with God, what kind of relationship is it?