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Arminian Theology by Roger E. Olson
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Jan 20, 2008

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Arminianism is quite possibly the most misunderstand theological position within Christendom today – often misrepresented both by its opponents and adherents! Olson does both groups a favor by giving a clear and well-informed (theologically and historically) introduction to the teachings of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609) and subsequent Arminians. Olson situates the Arminianism squarely within its Reformation heritage. From this introduction, Olson then thoroughly debunks ten of the most common misunderstands around Arminian theology: (1) Arminian theology is the opposite of Calvinist/Reformed theology; (2) a hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism is possible; (3) Arminianism in not an orthodox Evangelical option; (4) the heart of Arminianism is belief in free will; (5) Arminian theology denied the sovereignty of God; (6) Arminianism is a human-centered theology; (7) Arminianism is not a theology of grace; (8) Arminians do not believe in predestination; (9) Arminian theology denies justification by grace alone through faith alone; (10) All Arminians believe in the governmental theory of the atonement. Olson sets the record straight regarding Arminianism. I have not found a better contemporary defense of Arminian theology. A

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