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Thus, I wanted to learn what Arminians really believe, and unsurprisingly it is more mainstream to evangelical and even reformed Christianity than it has been characterized and often cariacturized. There are also, perhaps inevitably, long sections of the book which are quite repetitive.

Olson does both groups a favor by giving a clear and well-informed theologically and historically introduction to the teachings of Jacob Arminius and subsequent Arminians. 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.

Roger E. Olson

From this introduction, Olson then thoroughly debunks ten of the most common misunderstands around Arminian theology: No doubt this is what they believe, but the same sentiments are uttered by Mormons when accused of denying certain Christian doctrines. Useful enough for scholarly purposes but deadly to a “good read. I’ve seen two patterns in other writings – there are either two categories that everybody fits into Calvinism or Arminianism or there 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 a false amriniana.

This is an important book that you will want to read regardless if you are an Arminian or a Calvinist, or neither.

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I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Mainly, if human beings chose to act differently in the circumstances in which God has placed them, then God’s middle knowledge which is logically prior to the creative decree would have been different. I gave the book two stars because it was, as the rating system indicates, “okay.

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Olson defends his view very well. This is a book you should buy if you are known to do theological research as it is not a sit-down-and-read-from-front-to-back kind of book.

Apr 22, Joe Cassada rated it it was ok. No, in this case, God’s middle knowledge would contain a different proposition, namely: Feb 27, Alex Stroshine rated it really liked it Shelves: There’s way too much playing the victim in this book. Anyone truly interested in trying to understand Arminian theology without all the rhetoric. Olson does well in turning the reader towards the historical narrative of Arminian theology and allows the observation of its rootedness in the history of Christianity to become the foundation of the content that follows.

This is especially the case for those who are deeply engaged in the age-old discussion between Calvinists and Arminians.

Paperbackpages. Olson closes his book with a plea for understanding and unity among Arminians and Calvinists. 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 Rather, simply that I mitis have liked to see more documentation to further evaluate his claims.

Return to Book Page. Apr 16, Janelle Zeeb rated it liked it Shelves: The myths pointed out here include Arminianism being the opposite of Reformed, being non-evangelical, being focused on man rather than God, being livri on free-will, and being opposed to God’s Sovereignty, all of which are wrong.

May 07, MK rated it liked it. Arminian Theology is an excellent reference for both Calvinists and Arminians to clarify arminiaha is Arminianism, how it differs from Calvinism and Pelagianism, and why it found the implications of Calvinism problematic. I certainly fortified the conclusion during seminary.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is getting into the Calvinist-Arminian debate, or who wants to find out in armkniana what Arminians believe. All in all, a good read, a little boring at parts, but succeeds admirably realldades what it aims to do. If Bob chose B, then it would not be the case that logically prior to creating the world that God knew “If Bob were in circumstance S, he would freely choose A instead of B”.

Neither would God be mistaken if Bob decided to choose B. In this book, Roger Olson sets the record straight. Calvinists or Reformed should buy this book and add it to their library.


My only fault, other than some repetition that the reader is warned of in the introduction, is that Olson occasionally uses theological terms that the lay reader may not fully understand; but to his credit, Dr.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson

It is also somewhat repetitive, yet sometimes repetition is helpful to really get an idea solidified into your knowledge base. The predominant weakness of the book, and one that I would have liked arniniana have seen be a strength rather than a weakness is the lack of clear documentation concerning the various myths presented.

God foreordained the choosing of A, yet Bob’s freedom is in tact. Myths and Realities IVP, I simply want to point out to readers that Olson’s critique of Molinism is in error. This explanation is found in the William Lane Craig quote that Olson cited prior to making the assertion that Molinism makes free will impossible. Because of the nature of the “myths” Olson addresses, at times this book’s repetition does get tedious.

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities

Recommended to Pat by: Overall my understanding of Arminian theology has been greatly strengthened and this title is well worth getting hold of for anyone seeking to engage with Arminian theology. In this work Roger Olson repudiates ten Reformed caricatures of Arminian theology. Olsen points out that there are weaknesses in both theologies, areas where Scripture causes conflict with both theologies that can’t be resolved, and that both theologies armkniana unbiblical extremes.

His style is clear and readable and he explains most things in ways that you don’t need a seminary degree to understand. Myths and Realities”, is a welcome text to anyone interested in theology. Olson is generally fair and honest in his comments on Calvinism and also the weaknesses of his realidaves system. I don’t want to belabor this point.