A Sermon: “Community: The Impossible Possibility”

“Community: The Impossible Possibility”Roger E. Olson“To dwell above with saints we love, That will be grace and glory. To live below with saints we know; Now, that’s another story!” Why do I say that community is an impossible possibility? Simply because community is what we’re created for and yet we never quite achieve it. At least not in this world. Community is something almost everyone longs for and seeks and yet everything we call “community” falls short of our hopes. But few of … [Read more...]

Intuitive Evangelical Theology versus Scholastic Evangelical Theology: “Classical Christian Theism” as Case Study

Intuitive Evangelical Theology versus Scholastic Evangelical Theology: “Classical Christian Theism” as Case Study I have long been impressed by how foreign scholastic evangelical theology is to even the most devout, biblically literate evangelical lay people. What do I mean by “scholastic evangelical theology?” I don’t know a better term for the “official” theology taken for granted and promoted as “orthodoxy” by many conservative evangelical systematic theologians. When I was in seminary we wer … [Read more...]

My Q&A about Arminianism Now an E-Book

Seedbed.com (out of Asbury Theological Seminary) has published my series of posts here called "Arminianism Q & A" as an E-book. It's available at:http://seedbed.com/feed/arminianism-get-free-faq-ebook-roger-olson/Please check it out. … [Read more...]

“God’s Will” In Calvinism and Arminianism

"God's Will" In Calvinism and Arminianism Calvinists and Arminians agree that God "accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will" because so says Ephesians 1:11 and the entire testimony of Scripture. Both, however, interpret this differently. John Calvin, facing this verse (and his overall belief in divine determinism) and the manifest reality of evil posited that even the evil deeds of men are willed by God. (See Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Ch. XVIII "God So Uses … [Read more...]

Can God Make Himself Dependent on Us?

Can God Make Himself Dependent on Us?My recent post about "stealth Calvinism" has stirred up some interesting debate about the appropriateness of saying that God is in any way dependent on humans (or any creature reality). If you did not read that post, it would be helpful to go back and read it, but it's not absolutely necessary to understand the gist of what I am saying here. The catalyst question was whether God's knowledge of humans' free decisions and actions is independent of them. I … [Read more...]

An Invitation to Participate (And Atheism Discussion Closed)

I am spending way too much time reading comments from atheists that repeat ones already posted here. The discussion has run into the ground. No new ground is being plowed. So the atheism discussion is now closed. Don't bother commenting as I will not post comments on that particular subject.And now an invitation to (probably) others: My previous post was about history writing and the ghettoizing or exclusion of religious contributions to culture in many history books and series (including … [Read more...]

Selective Memory in History Books

Selective Memory in History Books"History is but a fable agreed upon." It's an old saying often attributed to Napoleon. Postmodern philosophy is teaching us that there is no such thing as an objective account of history; history is always written and taught from some point of view. There is no "view from nowhere." So, when I read a book purporting to survey history—whether universal history or some specific segment—I always look for the author's (or authors') biases. Who is being included? Wh … [Read more...]