Jacob Arminius – Part 10

This has been a rather cursory look at a controversial theologian and his complex theological system.  I would like to conclude with a response to one of the most popular criticisms of Arminianism, which response will also reveal a key aspect of Arminius’ teaching.  That criticism is the claim that Arminianism is semi-Pelagian.  Semi-Pelagianism teaches that mankind, not God, takes the initiative in salvation, and therefore the work of God is denied.  However, Roger Olson responds to that charge thusly: “It would come as a shock to many Calvinists to know how much of salvation and the whole Christian life both Arminius and Wesley attributed to grace—all of it” (Against Calvinism, p. 169).

Recommended Reading

Galli, Mark and Ted Olsen. 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000.

Muller, Richard A.  Arminius and Arminianism.  In Hart, Trevor A. The Dictionary of Historical Theology. Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.: Paternoster Press, 2000.

Olson, Roger E. Against Calvinism. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

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