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- ISBN 9780310324676
- Author OLSON ROGER
- Pub Date 01/10/2011
Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries....
Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries.
But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that 'radical reformed theology,' also known as 'high federal Calvinism,' holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid, 'This small book does exactly what the title suggests, it is a rebuttal of Calvinist or Reformed theology. While some may find the title too polemical, this is for a reason because it is to be read as a companion to Michael Horton’s book For Calvinism.
Olson argues that Reformed theology holds an unwarranted position among today’s accepted theologies and indeed at times evangelical orthodoxy is measured by how it conforms to Reformed theology. Olson’s purpose in this book is not to belittle Calvinism or even detract from the significant blessing that was the Reformation. However, he does not subscribe to Reformed theology and he systematically works his way through the five pillars of Calvinism (TULIP) and critiques them, arguing from scripture, history, logic and tradition. This is done in a respectful way, but provides a positive alternative. It is also clear that Olson is concerned about the influence of Calvinism on a younger generation of Christians whom he describes as ‘young, restless and reformed’. Interestingly he suggests that John Piper in the most influential theologian in the world today, not least because of his championing of reformed theology. This book is useful because there are very few scholarly rebuttals of Calvinism and this is a very good one. It is particularly valuable because of what it dispels. For example, some Calvinists wrongly argue that Armenians do not believe in predestination. Olson deals with this and other misunderstandings while presenting a persuasive set of counter arguments to Reformed theology. Whether or not you will find his arguments compelling, this book certainly deserves consideration.'
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (29 Oct. 2011)