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The historical research in this book After reading Olson’s “Against Calvinism” I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this book. I empathize with his frustration at misrepresentations of his position, and some of the hurtful things that can be said in zealous attempts to show a position realidaes error.

Olson does a good job in defending Arminianism from the host of myths and misinformation that Calvinists have laid to its charge over the centuries.

This is a must read for any person desiring to understand Historic Arminianism. A fairly objective view of some of the myths about Arminian theology and the actual reality. Olson is a unique example of why clarity and understanding matters in a theological debate. This book is incredibly useful as resource for getting to know historical and contemporary Arminian theology, for an Arminian this will help them understand their theology better, for a Calvinist this will furnish you with a better understanding of the theology that many Evangelicals adhere to.

It will prove useful in at least four ways: Many Calvinists have a grave misunderstanding of classical Arminianism basically, I think, because they may not have not read Arminius’ “Works” I wonder if apologists like James White or theologians like MacArthur read it.

Jul 25, Chris Mclain rated it it was amazing. Anyway, overall, this is a fantastic work. Much of what he does is also refute other mistaken positions that have come from the later Remonstrant Arminians and others that have deviated from classical Arminianism but have helped the opposition to build a case.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. But, although I’d read plenty of books and articles on or from the Calvinist point of view, I’d never, until now, read a book strictly about Arminianism.


Arminius and others held to a penal substitution view. The strength of this book is that it would probably be a tremendous help to realidadfs many semi-Pelagians filling the pews, and bring them towards a more evangelical position with regard to the issue of predestination and election. And I don’t blame them. This reality has unfortunately brou Arminian Theology: For those wanting to go further teolotia why Molinism doesn’t entail determinism, see my article “Molinism and Divine Foreordination” — http: I am positive he has a genuine desire to be faithful to the Bible.

Most Classical Arminians fall into this mistake. I am so glad that my initial realiddaes were proven wrong. This attempt to provide clarification to Arminian theology is separated by 10 myths commonplace within the overall conversation among Calvinists and Arminians.

Dec 02, Daniel Souza rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson

Olson situates the Arminianism squarely within its Reformation heritage. For example, Olson objects to Muller’s claim that Arminius appropriated elements of Molinism in order to articulate an account of predestination, free-will, contingency, etc And, if Calvinists have contributed to this misunderstanding, they should take more caution to properly represent their opponents. One of his main desires was to show that Arminianism is a legitimate evangelical option at one level, this is true.

Jan 17, Joshua Smart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather, the focal point is defending Arminianism which has been defined more by Calvinists to the point where some wonder if an Arminian is even a Christian and that Arminians avoid the name because of the negative connotations Calvinists give it.

It did help me to better understand classic Arminianism. It just proves your thinking is irrational or inconsistent. Olson’s book is certainly useful.

Roger E. Olson

This single issue seems to provide all of the material he uses despite admitting in a footnote that Horton has since changed his position on Evangelical Arminianism.

There’s way too much playing the victim in this book. Sep 28, Adam Balshan rated it liked it Shelves: Rather, simply that I would have liked to see more documentation to further evaluate his claims. Another guiding principle should be ‘Do not impute to others beliefs you regard as logically mitls by their beliefs but that they explicitly deny’.


Olson’s primary argument in this book is a distinction between Semi-Pelagianism and Arminianism. Philip Limborch, Charles Finney. And, after roundly taking to task those Calvinists who write on Arminianism without Christian charity or humility, Olson takes the same tack on those he feels have veered from the straight and reaoidades in the Arminian camp.

Many other Arminians have followed suit. That is, he is simply explaining what Arminian theology is.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities

May 07, MK rated it liked it. My only gripe is that he constantly refers to an issue of Modern Reformation magazine dating back to This is a book on Arminianism by Roger E. But this is purely a mitoos issue – others would most likely be appreciative of its comprehensive approach to the subject.

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.

Despite its prevalence, Arminianism has been misrepresented by both adherents and antagonists. In this book, Roger Olson sets forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings realidaves misrepresentations of it through the ages. God knows “If Bob were in circumstance S, he would freely choose luvro A over action B” and God can foreordain Bob to choose action A by decreeing that Bob should find himself in circumstance S.

Olson goes to great lengths to defend Arminianism as a legitimate evangelical, orthodox Protestant position. Though it is a useful I found Olson’s book to be very useful, but also desperately lacking in areas beyond just the usual Arminian-Calvinist divide in which I find myself on the opposite side of Olson.

Olson generally defines those terms within the context of his discussion.