Against Calvinism

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  • Copyright: 10/18/2011
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

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Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries. But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies. In Against Calvinism, readers will find scholarly arguments explaining why Calvinist theology is incorrect and how it affects God's reputation. Olson draws on a variety of sources, including Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience, to support his critique of Calvinism and the more historically rich, biblically faithful alternative theologies he proposes.Addressing what many evangelical Christians are concerned about today---so-called 'new Calvinism,' a movement embraced by a generation labeled as 'young, restless, Reformed' ---Against Calvinism is the only book of its kind to offer objections from a non-Calvinist perspective to the current wave of Calvinism among Christian youth. As a companion to Michael Horton's For Calvinism, readers will be able to compare contrasting perspectives and form their own opinions on the merits and weaknesses of Calvinism.

Author Biography

Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Olson received the "Critics' Choice Award" for 20th Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age, a book he coauthored with Stanley J. Grenz. He has published numerous books and articles, including his recent works How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative and Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 12
Introduction: Why This Book Now?p. 15
Whose Calvinism? Which Reformed Theology?p. 26
Mere Calvinism: The TULIP Systemp. 38
Yes to God's Sovereignty; No to Divine Determinismp. 70
Yes to Election; No to Double Predestinationp. 102
Yes to Atonement; No to Limited Atonement/Particular Redemptionp. 136
Yes to Grace; No to Irresistible Grace/Monergismp. 155
Conclusion: Calvinism's Conundrumsp. 175
Calvinist Attempts to Rescue God's Reputationp. 181
Responses to Calvinist Claimsp. 188
Notesp. 193
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