BEN: It seems reasonably clear that Arminius took the Calvinistic view that regeneration precedes conversion. I suppose it depends on what one means by regeneration— the ability to repent? In any case, various later Arminians associated regeneration with the new birth or conversion, perhaps as a part of conversion itself. What is your view of what a proper Arminian theology should say on this subject?
ROGER: I have posited a “partial regeneration” in the reception of prevenient grace. But full regeneration, the “expulsive power of a new affection,” is a special work of the Holy Spirit antecedent upon (though chronologically simultaneous with) repentance and faith.
ROGER: I don’t think it was monergistic. I think God wanted Paul for his service so much that he exercised unusual intervening, persuasive power. But I believe Paul could very well have refused and gone on his way to kill Christians in Damascus.