Jacob Arminius. Theologian of Grace– Part Three

BEN: There is also a strong emphasis early on in the book on what is called the 'intellectualist' approach to the nature of God, which is to say that God's knowledge is given priority over God's will in the divine attributes. This in turn seems to lead Arminius in a very different direct than Calvin when it comes to figuring out the relationship between God's knowledge and God's will (e.g. Calvin and later Calvinists would argue that God knows things with certainty because he antecedently … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace– Part Two

BEN: Jacob Arminius seems to be a frequently misrepresented theologian, whose works have been neglected, and lack readily accessible translations into English from the Latin and Dutch. To what would you attribute this neglect, and would you see this as an explanation for why his theology is so often caricatured in various unhelpful ways?KEITH: There are many reasons why Arminius' writings have been neglected. Although there is an accessible English edition of the main body of Arminius' … [Read more...]

Mr. Holmes is Coming!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qng3t9RZk6Q … [Read more...]

Hebrews in Eight Minutes– Courtesy of the Bible Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9wqN-nwSzEKudos to Vivian Sawyer for finding this. It's got some helpful points, though it ignores the rhetorical character of Hebrews unfortunately. … [Read more...]

Roger Olson’s– ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Sixteen

BEN: When the Gospel of Matthew presents us with Jesus saying that he is submitting to baptism to ‘fulfill all righteousness’ he is of course talking about the righteousness that comes from obedience to the Mosaic Law. He is not talking about his righteousness acting as a substitute for his later disciples righteousness in the new covenant. Indeed, he is talking about the fulfilling of the Mosaic Law because Israel didn’t. In other words, this has little or nothing to do with what Paul is tal … [Read more...]

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Fifteen

BEN: Your discussion of open theism is interesting, and I wonder if since your book was published (2006), you’ve settled the matter in your mind. For my part, I have rejected open theism. I think there is a way around the paradox. Suppose God has what I will call teleological knowledge of all things both possible and real. To put it another way, suppose all God’s knowledge of things that do or may happen in space in time is a form of hindsight. Now no one would argue that hindsight kno … [Read more...]

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Fourteen

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. … [Read more...]

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Thirteen

BEN: Jonathan Edwards in his Freedom of the Will argues that there is no compulsion or coercion involved, only predetermination when it comes to human choosing. People choose according to their desires and will and they do not feel compulsed or coerced, even though they could not have done otherwise. So the issue is not coercion but predetermination in his discussion of the matter. He objects to Luther’s treatise on the Bondage of the Will for a variety of reasons, not least because Luther d … [Read more...]

Roger Olson’s ‘Arminian Theology’– Part Twelve

BEN: I was reflecting on what you say on pp. 155-56 about ‘simul justus et peccator’ and it occurred to me what a difference there is between Luther and Wesley on this matter. Luther, famously believed that the Christian continued to be in bondage to sin even after conversion, and made it part of the weakly confession. Wesley absolutely rejected this and for good reasons. His message was ‘while sin remains it no longer reigns’ in the life of the believer. The believer has been set free from … [Read more...]