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Arminianism on grace

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Revmitchell, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Both Arminianism and Calvinism are frequently misunderstood today. For example, James Arminius and classical followers of his system of theology affirm as robust a doctrine of total depravity as Calvinists. Arminians affirm two corollaries of total depravity: total corruption and total inability. Further, both Calvinists and Arminians affirm that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. What then separates the Calvinistic and Arminian understandings of salvation? A major demarcation between the two groups is how each group understands the nature of God’s grace.

    What characterizes the Arminian understanding of grace?...

    ...Roger Olson identified prevenient grace as the distinguishing mark of Arminianism. Yet, I am unaware of any Southern Baptist theologian that espouses prevenient grace in the sense described by Arminians. Can Southern Baptists, therefore, receive the label Arminian?