Beyond Calvinism and Arminianism: An Inductive, Mediate Theology of Salvation

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The only theology of salvation taking a middle position between Calvinism and Arminianism, thus resolving the 4-century conflict. An inductive approach to the Bible is emphasized, utilizing careful word studies of the original Hebrew and Greek, considering the context of each of 1000 passages. This greatly improved 3rd edition is updated with new research and thoroughly revised and reorganized, including four new chapters. Scholarly material is put in footnotes and excursuses so that the text remains terse and readable, even for laypeople. The basis of salvation in the Old Testament is first examined in a progressive way; then the terms of salvation are clarified. The four chapters defending eternal security include a simple explanation of Hebrews 6 and John 15. Seven chapters critique Calvinism, especially focusing on word studies of foreknowledge, 'election,' and foreordination. Lastly, the historical, missiological, and rational support for a mediate view is examined.

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"Delightful writing style ... articulated in scholarly yet easy to understand prose what has been my long-standing belief... His well-defined position is unadulterated Biblical truth. ... It shows careful research, documentation, and inductive Bible examination. Every serious Bible student, preacher and teacher should read this book." -- Dr. Tim LaHaye "Foreword"

..".this is a desperately needed text coming from someone precisely in your situation in life." -- Dr. Paige Patterson, President, SW Baptist Seminary "Personal letter"

"I have never found anything on ... salvation as helpful and thorough.... Olson exercises great care in word studies and is faithful to the biblical context. Furthermore, his attitude and style of writing is gracious rather than pugnacious. I wish I had it in my earlier days of teaching, but, praise God, I am still learning." -- Dr. Earl Radmacher, President Emeritus, Western CB Seminary "Personal letter"

Before his homegoing Dr. Walvoord wrote me that he thought he agreed with this book, with the proviso that at 92 reading very detailed arguments in theology was difficult, but then affirmed: "In [God's] plan some people will be saved and some would be lost but on the basis of their own choices. God did not condemn them Himself." -- Dr. John F. Walvoord, late President of Dallas Seminary "Personal letter"

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