Sunday, July 23, 2006

Arminian Theology

Roger Olson, Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has penned a volume Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities, to be published this fall by IVP

Here is the table of contents:

Introduction: A Primer on Arminianism
1. Myth 1: Arminian Theology Is the Opposite of Calvinist/Reformed Theology
2. Myth 2: A Hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism Is Possible
3. Myth 3: Arminianism Is Not an Orthodox Evangelical Option
4. Myth 4: The Heart of Arminianism Is Belief in Free Will
5. Myth 5: Arminian Theology Denies the Sovereignty of God
6. Myth 6: Arminianism Is a Human-Centered Theology
7. Myth 7: Arminianism Is Not a Theology of Grace
8. Myth 8: Arminians Do Not Believe in Predestination
9. Myth 9: Arminian Theology Denies Justification by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone
10. Myth 10: All Arminians Believe in the Governmental Theory of the Atonement
Conclusion. Rules of Engagement for Evangelical Calvinists and Arminians

You can read the endorsements here.

Readers of my introduction to the book Reclaiming the Center may recall that Prof. Olson serves as Exhibit A for a method of theological engagement that calls for irenicism all the while distorting and labeling and poking at "the other side." I honestly hope this book is different and that we will find this to be a reliable, accessible textbook on classical Arminian theology--which should be welcomed by Arminians and Calvinists alike.

See also Jerry Walls's and Joseph Dongell's Why I Am Not a Calvinist.