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

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LIKE ARMINIANISM, REFORMED IS A CONTESTED TERM. An extremely narrow definition limits Reformed to persons and movements that swear allegiance to the three “symbols of unity”—the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of the Synod of Dort. That would exclude, however, the many Presbyterians throughout the world who believe they too are Reformed! It would also exclude Congregationalists, Baptists and many other churches and organizations that claim to be and generally have been thought of as Reformed in their theology.

According to him Arminius brought adjustments into Reformed theology; he did not break away from it. Later Remonstrants, which Slaatte calls “quasiArminians” (almost certainly Philip Limborch), departed from true Arminianism, that held by Arminius and his first generation of followers (Episcopius and the other early Remonstrants). 13 Slaatte puts his finger on the concrete point at which Arminius remained faithful to the Reformed cause: Hence, the responsive factor [in the human person according to Arminius] 8 Gerrit Jan Hoenderdaal, “The Life and Struggle of Arminius in the Dutch Republic,” in Man’s Faith and Freedom: The Theological Influence of Jacobus Arminius, ed.

Arminians of the heart—evangelical Arminians—believe in Scripture and have the same range of opinions about its details as Calvinists do. Some Arminians believe in biblical inerrancy and some do not. All evangelical Arminians are committed to the Bible’s supernatural inspiration and authority over all matters of faith and practice. Likewise, there is no distinctive Arminian ecclesiology or eschatology; Arminians reflect the same spectrum of interpretations as do other Christians. A popular myth promoted by some Calvinists is that all Arminian theologians accept the governmental theory of the atonement and reject the penal-substitution theory.

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