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By Roger E. Olson

During this ebook, Roger Olson units forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings and misrepresentations of it in the course of 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 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 fable three: Arminianism isn't an Orthodox Evangelical alternative delusion four: the center of Arminianism Is trust in unfastened Will delusion five: Arminian Theology Denies the Sovereignty of God fantasy 6: Arminianism Is a Human-Centered Theology fantasy 7: Arminianism isn't really a Theology of Grace fable eight: Arminians don't think in Predestination fantasy nine: Arminian Theology Denies Justification by way of Grace by myself via religion by myself delusion 10: All Arminians think within the Governmental thought of the Atonement

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Thiessen taught theology at Wheaton College for many years and produced the materials for a theological textbook published after his death under the title Lectures in Systematic Theology (1949). Some may wish to attribute the confusion about Arminianism to the book’s editor, who arranged the unpublished materials for publication, but the editor (Thiessen’s son) makes that excuse impossible in his preface. 47 These are the elect. Thiessen teaches the classical Arminian posi45 Arminius, “A Declaration of the Sentiments of Arminius,” Works, 1:659-60.

Smedes of Fuller Theological Seminary. All of these men appeal to God’s self-limitation in relation to creation—and especially to human free agency—to explain the covenant relationship between God and his people, and the rise of sin and evil in the 3 Alasdair I. C. Heron, “Arminianism,” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity, trans. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 1:128-29. book Page 47 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM Arminian Theology Is the Opposite of Calvinist/Reformed Theology 47 world.

This is so basic to Arminius’s theology and to Arminianism that claims such as Holifield makes, which are very common in theological literature, boggle the mind. Perhaps the most egregious example of the very common distortion of Arminianism in theological literature is found in an Arminian! Henry C. Thiessen taught theology at Wheaton College for many years and produced the materials for a theological textbook published after his death under the title Lectures in Systematic Theology (1949). Some may wish to attribute the confusion about Arminianism to the book’s editor, who arranged the unpublished materials for publication, but the editor (Thiessen’s son) makes that excuse impossible in his preface.

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