In this episode we continue to explore the question of whether or not Open Theism can properly be categorized as "Arminian" theology. We also want to clarify that these two episodes (15 & 16) were never intended to be a full blown attack on Open Theism, rather they were simply made to inform our listeners what Open Theism is and then determine whether or not Open Theism could be properly considered Arminian or not based on the writings of Arminian scholars. In this episode we read through some quotes by Clark H. Pinnock and ask whether or not he truly took a theological pilgrimage from Augustine to Arminius, or if he went further than Arminius in his pilgrimage. Then we weigh in on some opinions by Thomas C. Oden and John Mark Hicks regarding whether or not Open Theism can properly be considered Arminian or not. Don't miss the next two episodes of Remonstrance that will be released in June where we will revisit Open Theism again doing a source by source comparison of the writings of Arminius, Wesley, and prominent Open Theist authors. Stay tuned.
Thoms C. Oden on Open Theism:
John Mark Hicks Article (READ IT)
In this episode we ask the question whether or not Open Theism can properly be categorized as "Arminian" theology. We start off by defining Open Theism and then turn to some analysis of Open Theism by Tim Challies (see link below). We then weigh in on the opinions of some modern Arminian scholars on the question.
Tim Challies Article:
In this minisode we will be exploring the concept of Middle Knowledge and how it fits in the broader doctrine of foreknowledge in the thought of Arminius. To do this we will be jumping back into the same two disputations we read through in the past two weeks (Public Disputation IV and Private Disputation XVII). We will then look for some help from Stanglin and McCall in their book "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace" for some clarification.
In this minisode we will continue exploring what the writings of Arminus have to say about the Doctrine of Divine Knowledge and specifically Foreknowledge. To do that we will be reading through a section of Public Disputation IV entitled: "On The Understanding of God." Once again it is clear that Arminius was no Open Theist in his understanding of the knowledge of God.
(Note: you need to scroll down to the section titled ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD)
In this minisode we examine what Arminius wrote concerning the knowledge of God with a specific focus on foreknowledge. To do this we will be reading through Private Disputation 17: "On The Understanding of God." This episode will be the first in a three podcast series that will culminate in a full analysis of whether or not Open Theism could truly be called "Arminian." It should be pretty clear after listening through this minisode that it shouldn't be. Arminius has a very strong doctrine of Omniscience that is presented in this disputation. He also touches on the doctrine of "Middle Knowledge" and we get some help from Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall from their book "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace."
Link to Disputation 17:
This episode of Remonstrance is devoted to the Doctrine of Regeneration. One major question we will be looking into is whether or not regeneration precedes faith (the Calvinist view) or if faith precedes regeneration (the Wesleyan-Arminian view). We will be reading through sections of articles by the Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA) and discussing them. Then we will move on and look at what Arminius specifically had to say about regeneration and what Wesley specifically had to say about it as well. One interesting point that Arminius brings up is that Calvin actually taught that faith precedes regeneration as well. We make references to a lot of different articles in this episode so make sure you investigate the links below. Also, join become a member of the SEA and buy Thomas C. Oden's "Classic Christianity." Trust us, you need this systematic theology.
"Does Regeneration Precede Faith?"
"Arminius on Regeneration"
"Calvin on Faith Preceding Regeneration"
"John Wesley on Regeneration"
"Sermon 45: The New Birth"
In this minisode we will be reading through John Wesley's Sermon, "The New Birth" to get some insight into his views on the Doctrine of Regeneration. This is a great sermon by Wesley. He covers the depravity of man as a result of the fall. He also writes about the nature of the new birth and why the new birth is necessary. The questions he asks are as follows in his own words: "First, Why must we be born again? What is the foundation of this doctrine of the new birth? Secondly, How must we be born again? What is the nature of the new birth? And, Thirdly, Wherefore must we be born again? To what end is it necessary?"
The sermon will not be read entirely, but follow the link below to where you can find the whole sermon online:
This minisode launches a three podcast series where we will examine the doctrine of regeneration in the thought of Jacob Arminius and John Wesley. In this minisode we will specifically focus on what Arminius had to write about regeneration in his works. To do this we will be reading through a selection from his commentary on Romans 7 where he deals with the doctrine of regeneration, specifically the differences between the regenerate person and the unregenerate person. We will also be reading through Article 20 of his "Certain Articles to be Diligently Weighed and Examined" as well where he explores the topic of regeneration further. Along the way we will explore his understanding of where regeneration takes place in the order of salvation and the high view of regeneration that he held to.
In this episode we will discuss the doctrine of saving faith in the thought of Jacob Arminius and John Wesley. The episode will focus on how both men taught that faith was a gift of God. We will also discuss how both Arminius and Wesley had a very theocentric understanding of salvation and were not man centered at all. We will also discuss how the theology of Arminius and Wesley was different from the theology of other theologians such as Charles Finney on this point. For help on this episode we will be referencing works by Stanglin, McCall, Collins, Olson, and Rodes. All of their books can be found on the Remonstrance website theologians tab. We also read through sections of an article by Chris Bounds and Keith Drury.
In this episode we will be reading through a portion of John Wesley's sermon "Salvation By Faith" to start getting some insight into Wesley's views on faith. It is clear from this sermon that Wesley did not understand faith as something that people can do independent of the grace of God. Wesley in strong terms emphasizes the divine activity of God in saving sinners. Wesley is clear that faith is a gift of God and that God works faith in men's hearts. In working faith into men's hearts, God (in Wesley's words) shows that He is "mighty to save." Please read or listen to the rest of this sermon by following the links below. Also, don't miss the next full episode of Remonstrance that will be devoted to the Wesleyan-Arminian doctrine of faith and will focus on how faith is a gift of God.
This minisode will launch a three podcast series that will explore the theme of the gift of faith in the thought of Jacob Arminius and John Wesley. This episode will focus on the views of Arminius by reading through three short selections from his works. After listening to this episode it will be clear that Arminius understood that faith is a gift of God that does not originate in man. Faith is a gift of Divine Grace according to the thought of Arminius. These selections from his work will also clarify how Arminius defined faith and what role (if any) man plays in receiving faith as a gift.
Disputation 44: On Faith In God And Christ
In this episode we will look at John Wesley's understanding of Total Depravity. On this issue Wesley was even clearer than Arminius was. For help we will look to some of the foremost modern Wesleyan scholars. Harold Lindstrom, Kenneth J. Collins, and Thomas C. Oden to name a few. We will also discuss parts of a great article by Keith Drury and Chris Bounds. You can find the link to the full article below. Please share this episode with those who doubt that Wesley believed in Total Depravity. Hopefully after listening to it all their doubts will be gone.
This minisode is the second in a three podcast series that will examine John Wesley's theology in regards to Total Depravity. We will return again and read more from Wesley's "The Doctrine of Original Sin." Wesley is even clearer in this section about his thoughts in regards to the natural state of man. He is very clear that man in his natural state is totally depraved and unable to come to God without Divine Grace. In the section we will be reading through a section where Wesley focuses on the will. If you listen to this episode and still claims Wesley was Pelagian or Semi-Pelagian then you either need to listen to the episode again or learn what these terms actually mean. Share this episode with your Reformed friends. It will shock them.
If you want to read through selections of John Wesley's "The Doctrine of Original Sin" check out the link below. The part of the book that this episode covers begins on page 353 in the version below:
This minisode will launch a three podcast series that will examine John Wesley's theology in regards to Total Depravity. To do so we will be reading a selection from Wesley's "The Doctrine of Original Sin." Wesley emphasized the total depravity and inability of man in his natural state VERY STRONGLY. You will get the picture after listening to this minisode. If you want to read through selections of John Wesley's "The Doctrine of Original Sin" check out the link below. The part of the book that this episode covers begins on page 338 in the version below:
Happy New Year! We will start off this episode discussing the most significant loss of 2016: Methodist Theologian Thomas C. Oden. We will briefly discuss his life and our favorite works by him. Then we will move on and talk about the views of Jacob Arminius on the doctrine of Total Depravity. There is SO MUCH false information floating around about what Arminius taught on Total Depravity. Hopefully this episode will clear up some misconceptions. We then finish the episode discussing the VERY non-Arminian theology of Philip Limborch and mourning that his theology is confused with the theology of Arminius. As usual, we receive help from Keith D. Stanglin, Thomas H. McCall, and Roger E. Olson.
Obituaries for Thomas Oden:
This is the second episode in a three podcast series that will examine the views of Arminius on depravity. In this episode we will be reading through a section of Public Disputation VII: "On the First Sin of the First Man." Here Arminius describes the impact of the fall on humanity and how sin has spread through the human race. We will then move on and read a selection from his letter to Hippolytus A Collibus where he describes the necessity of grace and the inability of man in VERY strong terms. Another good episode to share with your Reformed friends.
This minisode will launch a three podcast series examining the doctrine of depravity as taught by Jacob Arminius. In this minisode we will be reading through a portion of Arminius's public Disputation 11: "On the Free Will of Man and Its Powers." Here Arminius contrasts the state of man before and after the fall. He also discusses the impact of sin on mankind after the fall and the benefits of grace given through Christ. There is literally no way that someone could claim Arminius denied total depravity after listening to this episode. Please share this episode to help clarify the position of Arminius in regards to depravity. The link to the full disputation is below.
Merry Christmas! In this episode we will be talking about John Wesley's doctrine of Predestination. In doing so we will touch on Wesley's understanding of foreknowledge as well. We will also discuss the history of the controversy between Wesley and George Whitefield on the question of Predestination. Then we will look at Wesley's Doctrine of Decrees and some of his criticisms of the Calvinist understanding of Predestination. We also give some recommendations of what you should put on your Christmas list this year.
In this minisode we will be reading through a portion of John Wesley's sermon, "Free Grace." Here he defines "Free Grace" and then presents eight points against the doctrine of absolute, double predestination. At the end of the sermon Wesley explains his own doctrine of decrees.
"Free Grace" (full text and audio versions below)
"John Wesley's Teaching" by Thomas Oden, put this on your Christmas list this year!
This minisode will begin a three podcast series that will examine Wesley's teaching on Predestination. For this episode we will be reading through Wesley's Sermon "On Predestination" which is obviously a good place to start. Contrary to popular opinion Wesley did have a doctrine of Predestination. We will also receive help from Thomas Oden in his book, "John Wesley's Teachings Volume 2: Christ and Salvation" which you absolutely MUST buy.
"On Predestination" by John Wesley
"John Wesley's Teachings" by Thomas Oden (BUY IT!!!)
In this episode we will be reading through and discussing some important points that Dr. Joseph Dongell brings up in his article titled, "Ten Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Arminianism." Dr. Dongell writes a lot of insightful things regarding Arminianism and the history of Arminian theology and we are excited to talk about it. Be sure to check out the full article below so Dr. Dongell's wish could come true.
"Ten Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Arminianism"
"Jacob Arminius: Presbyterian Reformed"
Happy Reformation Day! In this episode we will be examining how the theologies of Jacob Arminius and John Wesley were aligned with the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation: Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Scriptura, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria. To do this we will be examining both primary and secondary sources. You may be surprised to find out that both Arminius and Wesley were theological heirs of the Protestant Reformation and their theology and doctrine were faithful to all five of the solas. That is why all Wesleyan-Arminians should be excited about Reformation Day! Soli Deo Gloria.
Two Luther Documentaries:
"A Man named Martin Luther: The Moment"
"A Man Named Martin Luther"
"John Wesley as a Theologian of Grace" by Robert V. Rakestraw:
Happy Reformation Month! In this episode we will be reading a short selection from John Wesley's writing, "Popery Calmly Considered." Wesley is pretty "calm" for most of it, although he gets fired up in a few places. In this work Wesley makes VERY clear that he is Protestant to the core. He affirms the five solas, and particularly "Sola Scriptura." Hopefully this episode will clear up any false ideas about where Wesley stood in regards to Roman Catholic doctrines and theology. Don't miss the full Reformation Day episode that will be dropping on October 31st. Soli Deo Gloria.
Happy Reformation Month! We are counting down the days to the 499th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation! Why? Because as Wesleyan-Arminians we are 100% Protestant. In this first podcast in a three podcast series on the Reformation we will be looking at how John Wesley affirmed the Reformation teaching of Sola Fide. To do this we will be reading a short selection from his writing, "The Principles of a Methodist" where he explains his teaching on Sola Fide. Don't miss the next episodes in this series and the full length episode that will be released on October 31, 2016. Soli Deo Gloria!
This is the seventh full episode! We will be discussing the doctrine of Predestination as articulated by Jacob Arminius. First, we define Predestination. Then we look how Arminius defined Predestination. What becomes very clear is how Christocentric the Arminian doctrine of Predestination is! Then we look through the "Declaration of Sentiments" by Arminius and see what he had to say about the Divine Order of Decrees and compare the Arminian Order of Decrees to the Supralapsarian and Infralapsarian orders of decrees. We then look at what Thomas C. Oden had to say about the alignment between the Arminian understanding of Predestination and the Patristic understanding.