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Olson rightly identifies an ongoing problem and sought to bring a much-needed resolution. It will prove useful in at luvro four ways: Refresh and try again.

There’s way too much playing the victim in this book. Jan 26, Evan Minton rated it it was amazing.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson

I’ve seen two patterns in other writings – there are either two categories that everybody fits into Calvinism or Arminianism or there is a middle ground, with the authors invariably calling the middle ground “Moderate Calvinism” as opposed to “Strong Calvinism” and putting all Arminians in another box. Outros pontos neg “Teologia Arminiana: A Theology of Salvation by F. God foreordained the choosing of A, yet Bob’s freedom is in tact. A fairly objective view of some of the myths about Arminian theology and the actual reality.

I found this a very helpful book, clarifying many significant misconceptions I had about Arminianism. On every single page, he had the honesty to highlight Arminians throughout history who were also Pelagian, Universalist, Unitarian, Liberal, etc.

Recommended to Pat by: This book should be read by every serious teologai of the word of God. However, you probably want to have a little theological background before reading this book, so I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners or new Christians. I recommend this book to any who would want to know the differing theological nuances within Arminianism, but if you’re looking for Arminian biblical exposition, this is not the book you’re looking for.

A good resource for the serious Arminian theologian who wants the tradition of Arminius and those who followed him disambiguated from later Arminians who disagreed or departed that nitos.


It just proves your thinking is irrational My problem with this book is that it was a huge deflection. As is so often the case in theology, one side presents the other’s case in an almost unrecognisable fashion so that they end up arguing with straw-men rather than the opposition’s case in reality.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities

Thus, I wanted to learn what Arminians really believe, and unsurprisingly it is more mainstream to evangelical and even reformed Christianity than it has been characterized and often cariacturized. God predestines to save all those who freely believe on Jesus Christ. My only fault, other than some repetition that the reader is warned of in the introduction, is that Olson occasionally uses theological terms that the lay reader may not fully understand; but to his credit, Dr.

Kivro explanation is found in the William Lane Craig quote that Olson cited prior to making the assertion that Molinism makes free will impossible. I am so glad that my initial thoughts were proven wrong. That is, while Olson does provide documentation, it realidadee have been helpful had he attempted to further substantiate the various myths generally prorogated by Calvinist, although he does mention some Arminian blunders as well with documented support.

If you value accurately representing the position that you are arguing for or against, then Arminian Theology is a book that will make that desire into a reality.

But if you want a book on Arminian theology which is less repetitive and perhaps more in-depth on the details of theology and less on the history of Arminian theologians, I would recommend Classical Arminianism: Olson’s primary argument in this book is a distinction between Semi-Pelagianism and Arminianism.

It must be that Olson didn’t understand what Craig meant.

Roger E. Olson

Anyone looking for a more systemic exposition of Arminianism should turn elsewhere. This is especially the case for those who are deeply engaged in the age-old discussion between Calvinists and Arminians. For example, the final myth Olson repudiates is that Arminian theology is wedded to realidaves governmental theory of atonement rather than a penal substitutionary one. The strength of this book is that it would probably be a tremendous help to the many semi-Pelagians filling the pews, and bring them towards a more evangelical position with regard to the issue of predestination and election.


Orton Wiley and Oden. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Apr 16, Janelle Zeeb rated it liked it Shelves: Though Olson’s writings are still full of sarcasm, demeaning statements, straw men, realidwdes stacking, and glittering generalities, I still found this book both helpful and informative overall.

Olson situates the Arminianism squarely within its Reformation heritage. All in all, this is a good book insofar as it corrects Reformed parodies of Arminius and Arminian theology.

Olson has bridged a much-needed gap in the theological community for nearly a decade. And Arminianism is very often misrepresented. Many other Arminians have followed suit. Another key doctrine is prevenient grace. Arminianism was the dominant Protestant soteriological framework for two hundred years, and is still prevalent amongst Methodists, Pentecostals, and a large chunk of Baptists ,itos.

Though it is a useful resource, I found that Olson disingenuously described a few Calvinist beliefs and that he did a better job unintentionally proving that the Libertarian definition of free will and mits responsibility is the heart of Arminianism over either Teologai nature as he claims or free will as many opponents claim.

It is useful not just for Calvinists to understand where Arminians are coming from, but also for Arminians to understand their own theology and how to explain Arminianism properly in ways that do not end up as semi-Pelagianism.

Rather, simply that I would have liked to see more documentation to further evaluate his claims.