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Posted October 11, 2011
A Must Read - For Such a Time as This
After reading Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities, I was convinced that Roger Olson was in fact a Godsend to a Protestant Evangelical world that is crawling with militant Calvinists who have convinced others that doctrines like "grace" and "sovereignty" somehow belong to them. This first rate theologian takes aim at such notions showing that historic Arminianism is equally as grace-focused.
I have come to appreciate that in this theological battle Roger Olson, fights fair which can't be said of many of his Calvinist opponents. He seeks to represent their position accurately in a way that they would acknowledge is fair. He does help them see the logical conclusions that their belief system leads to, which tragically many of them do not seem to realize.
This quote from Olson's blog sums up the most important reason for this book being written:
"[Calvinists] talk endlessly about God's glory and about God-centeredness while sucking the goodness out of God and thus divesting him of real glory. Their theology may be God-centered but the God at its center is unworthy of being at the center. Better a man-centered theology than one that revolves around a being hardly distinguishable from the devil...this would make Him unworthy of worship."
The time has come for the novel doctrines of St. Augustine, which were only to be found amongst the Gnostics before him, be exposed. Calvin took these doctrines and has effectively misrepresented God to countless millions of Christians since the time of the Protestant Reformation. Calvinism was NOT the Apostolic and therefore Biblical understanding of "election", "predestination", and "free-will" and Olson contributes here to setting that record strait.
This book articulates better than any other why I am personally "Against Calvinism" and my prayer is that many who've been infected with Augustinian/Calvinistic will somehow be "healed" by reading it.
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Posted November 2, 2012
Excellent case against Calvinism
This is a must read for Christians! I haven't read the "companion" version that advocates Calvinism and I'm not going to. However, the author lays out a compelling course of arguments to support his position against Calvinism.
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Posted April 20, 2012
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