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Getting the Gospel Right based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Excellent Material - Avoids the erroneous extremes of Calvinism & Arminianism - A true Biblical Presentation. Be confused no longer!
This is Dr. Olson¿s 2005 abridged and revised edition of his groundbreaking ¿Beyond Calvinism and Arminianism: An Inductive, Mediate Theology of Salvation¿ '2002'. This version is suitable for Pastors, Elders, and laypeople alike who don¿t necessarily need all the exegetical details of the full version. Although we have been seeing more and more good books coming out on this important subject over recent years, I appreciate Dr. Olson¿s willingness to do a fresh exegesis on the issues at hand using an INDUCTIVE method. This is part of what puts this book head and shoulders above the rest. He is not afraid to dig deeper into resources that have been ignored by others, or to recognize that some Bible translations are better than others in some areas. Over the course of the book, he also enlightens the reader on how deductive/scholastic theologies have hindered the growth of the Church since the Reformation. Furthermore, Dr. Olson goes on to point out how the MEDIATE position he is advocating is decidedly different from those who say one must be either an Arminian or Calvinist. I hope that this work will help put an end to that kind of deductive reasoning. He goes on to show how even church historians like Philip Schaff have recognized a Semi-Augustinian position going back many centuries [e.g. Volume 3, Chap. 9, 160]. He also rightly points out how Calvin¿s disciple, Beza, was one of main actors in moving ¿Calvinism¿ away from what Calvin taught. French Calvinism remained truer to Calvin over and against what the Dutch and English Calvinists developed after his death. In any case, Dr. Olson shows how biblical Evangelical Protestantism has moved beyond Calvin, who could not shake himself free from all the errors of the Roman Catholic Saint Augustine. Some might ask why Dr. Olson goes into the history of missions and evangelism in relation to this topic, and therein lies another of this book¿s strengths! As an actual missionary who served in Pakistan, he has seen firsthand the deadening effects of deductive theologies on evangelism, and the growth of churches. Doctrine does indeed have serious application to evangelism. Beyond just rehashing many of the same old issues, as other books have done, Olson proves this has, and continues to be, a historical result of teaching Calvinism. Too many of today¿s Theology and Missions majors are still indoctrinated by materials written from a Reformed slant that gloss over the whole truth. Dr. Olson gives the reader just a taste of what the real story is. As several of the book¿s endorsers have noted, in spite of its incredible distribution ¿The reason no one has attempted to refute it is that they cannot.¿ I highly recommend both books not just to Biblicists, but also to everyone who sincerely desires to be a serious student of the Gospel!