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Jul 25, Aaron Shafovaloff rated it liked it. Quotes from Arminian Theology Apr 22, Joe Cassada rated it it was ok. Indeed, if I had a penny every time some smart aleck purported to resolve the great Calvinist – Arminian debate by declarin Roger Olson’s book is packed chock full of great facts about Arminianism, many of which arminkana average self-proclaimed Arminian is probably not aware of.

I was convinced by the third or fourth chapter and just skimmed the rest.

Paperbackpages. Olson does an incredible job. The myths pointed out here include Arminianism being the opposite of Reformed, being non-evangelical, being focused on man rather than God, being centered on free-will, and being opposed to God’s Sovereignty, all of which are wrong.

He does this by surveying the writings of Arminian thinkers throughout the centuries, starting with Jacob Arminius himself and then going on through John Wesley, and other major Christian theologians up to the modern era.

Other times I think Olsen confused misrepresentations with logical entailments. If someone unfamiliar with contemporary Calvinism reads this book they will come away teologua a insufficient and distorted understanding of it, so if you are feologia to read this book also read a good contemporary treatment of Calvinistic belief from a Calvinistic writer Packer, Piper, Sproul, Carson, Schriener, etc For the Calvinist and the Arminian this a must read; and for the novice in theology who has an interest in reading Arminius’ “Work”, I suggest you read Olson’s book first.

This is an important book that you will want to read regardless if you are an Arminian or a Calvinist, or neither. I will admit – like a lot of people, I received my impression of what Arminian Theology was from those who consider it to be a flawed belief if not armimiana false gospel.

And Arminianism is very often misrepresented. Before you can criticize someone’s position, you must know precisely what it is that you’re criticizing. All in all, Olson does a pretty good job giving a defense of Arminianism from a historical perspective; how Olson goes to great lengths to defend Arminianism as a legitimate evangelical, orthodox Protestant position. Myths and Telogia by Roger E.


All in all, Olson does a armiiniana good job giving a defense of Arminianism from a historical perspective; however, he does not make very many biblical arguments for Arminianism – at least not in this book. God predestines to save all those who freely believe on Jesus Christ. If someone is going to be a Wesleyan Arminian, I’d prefer that they read this book and opt for a maximally strong view of God’s sovereignty at least with the tradition.

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. Orton Wiley and Oden. As a lay student of theology, and as a future seminary student, I found this book very enlightening and helpful in my own journey of faith.

And I don’t blame them. Though Olson’s writings are still full of sarcasm, demeaning statements, straw men, card stacking, and glittering generalities, I still found this book both helpful and informative overall. There are, of course, some shortcomings. For those interested, I continue this review here amd make some heavy critical comments.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson

The strength of this book is that it would probably be a tremendous help to the many semi-Pelagians realiades the pews, and bring them towards a more evangelical position with regard to the issue of predestination and election.

I do have one criticism of this book, and that is what Olson said in chapter 9 about Molinism.

That’s because that’s not the goal of this book. Olson very clearly and respectfully compares the differences and the similarities between classical Calvinism and classical Arminianism. Many non-Arminians have noted this.

Each of these 10 myths are addressed in detail, and an affirmation of Classical Arminianism is established and explained. Because of the nature of the “myths” Olson addresses, at times this book’s repetition does get tedious.

That is, he is simply explaining what Arminian theology is. Calvinists or Reformed should buy this book and add it to their library.

The book states several myths about Arminianism that are propagated by its opponents, e. Olson generally defines those terms within the context of his discussion.


Roger Olson debunks 10 myths about Arminianism which are often put forward by Calvinists or even Arminians who do not know any better. I did feel he was a bit condescending at times towards Calvinists, but perhaps this is justified by what he takes to be hundreds of years of misrepresentations and hurtful comments directed towards his theological niche. Olson divides the book into ten chapters, dealing with an allegation by Calvinists, refuting the allegation, then referring to Arminians such as Arminius, Wesley, Miley, Oden, et al, to show where and how Arminianism both resembles and differs from Calvinism.

In each chapter Olson outlines the basic objection then gives his own response, followed by quotes from Arminius, the Remonstrants, Wesley, 19th century Arminians, and 20th century Arminians that counter the myth. Olson addresses ten “myths” that theological opponents often make against Arminianism, such as “the heart of Arminianism is belief in free will” and “Arminians do not believe in predestination.

In this book, Roger Olson sets forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings and misrepresentations of it through the ages.

No trivia or reqlidades yet. Drawing heavily and directly from many Arminian as well as Calvinist sources, Olson persuasively argues for a more charitable consideration of Arminianism.

This attempt to provide clarification to Arminian theology is separated by 10 myths commonplace within the overall conversation among Calvinists and Arminians.

Roger E. Olson

Put it on your shelf and keep it as a reference. It seems to me that the charitable interpretation of some Calvinists who claim that Arminians deny sola gratia is that they are claiming that the Arminian position logically denies the biblical teaching on sola gratiawhether they come right out and say this or not.

Some of this is because the myths Olson chooses arminianaa debunk are similar. I am thankful for the time he took to lay out his position on many issues in a clear and concise way.