Grace Faith Free Will Contrasting Views of Salvation


Grace Faith Free Will Contrasting Views of Salvation Calvinism and Arminianism [PDF / EPUB] Grace Faith Free Will Contrasting Views of Salvation Calvinism and Arminianism Robert Picirilli renews the discussion of issues that have divided Calvinism and Arminianism since the Reformation Jacobus Arminius a Dutch theologian of the 16th century contested the dominant theolo Robert Picirilli renews the Free Will eBook ☆ discussion of issues that have divided Calvinism and Arminianism since the Reformation Jacobus Grace Faith PDF/EPUB or Arminius a Dutch theologian of the th century contested the dominant theological ideas advanced by the well known Faith Free Will PDF/EPUB ✓ Protestant reformer John Calvin and his disciples Historically Arminius has been freuently misunderstood and often reinterpreted by friend Faith Free Will Contrasting Views PDF/EPUB or and foe alike Even today one who calls himself Arminian does so with considerable risk as the name means different things to different people and comes in various flavors Though he presents both classic Calvinism and Arminianism in order to help readers intelligently decide for themselves Dr Picirilli unashamedly advocates a very specific form of Arminianism as the best resolution of the tensions between the two doctrinal postions In what he calls Reformation Arminianism Picirilli reclaims the original views of Arminius and his defenders This is an Arminianism that defends total depravity the sovereignty of God to control all Faith Free Will Contrasting Views PDF/EPUB or things for the certain accomplishment of His will God's perfect foreknowledge of and the certainty of all future events including the free moral choices of human beings the penal satisfaction view of the atonement salvaiton by grace through faith and not by works from beginning to end an apostasy that cannot be remedied.


10 thoughts on “Grace Faith Free Will Contrasting Views of Salvation Calvinism and Arminianism

  1. says:

    I will admit that I am bias in commenting on this author and his book Dr Robert Picirilli is a Free Will Baptist scholar and theologian He is a former professor of Greek and New Testament studies at Welch College formerly Free Will Baptist College in Nashville Tennessee For over 45 years he has been teaching preaching and writing Arminian theology Dr Picirilli considers himself a “Reformed Arminian” Here is an excerpt from the Foreward of his book I wish to contribute to the contemporary renewal of discussion about the issues that have divided Calvinism and Arminianism since the Reformation My goal is to present both sides so that the reader will know exactly what those issues are to clarify understanding of both positions and help readers intelligently decide for themselves Also I intend to urge a very specific form of Arminianism as the best resolution of the tensions and in this respect I am not impartial The trouble with “Arminianism” is that it means different things to different people My aim is to present what I call “Reformation Arminianism” by which I mean the views of Arminius himself and his original defenders Some readers may be surprised to learn that there is an Arminianism that defends total depravity the sovereignty of God to control all things for the certain accomplishment of His will God’s perfect foreknowledge of and the certainty of all future events – including the free moral choices of human beings the penal satisfaction view of the atonement salvation by grace through faith and not by works from beginning to end and that apostasy cannot be remedied I highly recommend this book to all my friends Calvinist Arminian or unsure especially the latter


  2. says:

    Over all this book was very informative to those seeking to understand how one may to no avail I might add dodge the exegetical and reasonable assertions of the system of Calvinism It gives an accurate account of modern and even classical arminianism in its defense Good read for those serious about understanding which system of theology follows the words of scripture


  3. says:

    475500 A must read for anyone interested in hearing the Arminian view comprehensively stated and juxtaposed to Calvinism by a evangelical classicalreformation Arminian theologianGreat book Very thorough but accessible case for Arminianism from a systematic and biblical theology perspective Most comprehensive and effective case for Arminianism I have read in a single bookThe book is loosely structured around four of the “five points of Calvinism” not in order unconditional election total depravity limited atonement perseverance of the saintsEach chapter presents the Calvinist perspective from systematic theology followed by the Arminian perspective from systematic theology and then the biblical theology supporting the Arminian view including the Calvinist objections and the Arminian defenceThis book is fairly academic and very dense in parts This is its great strength as the writer comprehensively deals with complex debates with great precision and wisdom You don’t need a theology degree to enjoy this book It is also fairly accessible and written for a lay audienceNevertheless the strength of this books academic objectivity also lends its weakness The book is fairly dry and not beautifully crafted As such it takes patience and discipline to make it through to the end But it is so very worth the hard workI commend this book to everyone who has an interest in this debate and can tolerate slightly dry and dense theology It will encourage Arminians and reinforce their confidence that Arminianism best captures the biblical teaching; and it will challenge Calvinists to reconsider their own confidence


  4. says:

    First the good I give this book 5 stars for its excellent overview of Arminian soteriology Picirilli is a longtime defender and expositor of this type of theology and this book demonstrates his knowledge It is well put together and easy to read I give this book 0 stars on account that it is a book that advocates Arminian theology Therefore it gets a 3 A uick read of this book will reveal the emptiness and hopelessness of Arminianism This book lacks consistent and uality exegesis It relies too much on philosophical presuppositions Many of the so called arguments beg the uestion Chapter 9 is indicative of all that is problematic with Arminianism This is not an indictment on Picirilli who has put together a valuable resource for understanding the Arminian view of salvation It is an indictment on the theology itself


  5. says:

    I disagree with most of Picirilli's conclusions but his logic is sound and he tries to interpret Scripture honestly This was really helpful in understanding Arminian soteriology


  6. says:

    I once read a passing comment online to the effect that Arminianism is too convoluted and complicated while Calvinism is much simple and straightforward What I suspect is that Calvinism seems simpler because its proponents have been better at explaining and advocating it Fortunately for those willing to think through their theology Dr Robert Picirilli does a masterful job of explaining the problems with Calvinism as well as showing how Arminianism is Biblical and satisfying to the heart and mind Dr Picirilli begins with three main purposes for this book 1 “to contribute to the contemporary renewal of discussion about the issues that have divided Calvinism and Arminianism since the Reformation”2 “to urge a very specific form of Arminianism as the best resolution of the tensions” specifically what he calls Reformation Arminianism 3 “to draw the debate back to the fundamental issues” as opposed to issues such as open theism His method for accomplishing these goals is “to pursue historical systematic and Biblical theology” p ii which leads him to the first chapter of a historical overview of the controversy After providing a brief sketch of the life of Arminius he pinpoints the core theological problem “Arminius believed that all the Calvinists finally made sin necessary and therefore caused by God Most importantly he held that election to salvation was election of believers which means that election is conditioned on faith He also insisted that God’s foreknowledge of man’s choices did not cause or make those choices necessary” p 10 He recounts not only the theological battle but also the political and personal battle that ended up branding Arminius and his followers as heretics Given the views of many contemporary Calvinist leaders it’s telling to see that some things have not changed much Except thank the Lord the physical persecution The rest of the book is divided into four parts each of which presents the Calvinist perspective the Arminian perspective and some type of Biblical defense for Arminian theology This arrangement is very helpful first because it helps the reader understand the Calvinist view many times in the words of Calvinists themselves and also highlights both the agreements and disagreements between the two theological systems It is here Picirilli shines brightest in being both sensitive and fair but also charitably pointing out the flaws in Calvinism At the same time he rigorously shows how Arminianism is both truer to Scripture and satisfying to both the heart and mind In my humble opinion this book accomplishes its goals almost perfectly and is an invaluable resource for anyone Calvinist or Arminian who wants to seriously consider and understand the differences


  7. says:

    Overall a good book The author presents the Calvinist view then the Arminian view then explains why the Calvinist view is incorrect The only problem with this approach is that a Calvinist does not have the opportunity to explain why the Arminian view is incorrect I generally lean to the Arminian side so I would mostly agree with Mr Picirilli's writing However he does make a number of assumptions especially about the book of Hebrews that I believe leads him down the wrong path in believing that a Christian could lose salvation He pretty passes over the eternal security view by simply dismissing the verses that teach eternal security and one gets the impression that he looks down on those who hold this position The problem is that the position is very similar to the Calvinist view of perseverance and he never fully refutes itA couple important take aways1 Jacob Arminius and the original remonstrants were undecided on the issue ow whether a Christian could lose salvation Kudos to Mr Picirilli for pointing this out although later in the book it seems he seems to assert that Jacob Arminius did actually believe this2 The brevity of the book Given the topic it is remarkable Mr Picirilli was able to keep the book under 250 pages The book is remarkably concise


  8. says:

    I read this and Salvation by Grace by Matthew Barrett at the same time It's a contrast Picirilli argues Arminianism just as well as Barrett does for Calvinism Each school has strengths and weaknesses and Picirilli introduced a surprising strength His take on the warning passages of 2 Peter and Hebrews rocked me I thought I had them figured out but Picirilli has prompted a new investigation He also made an outstanding case for salvation conditioned upon faith Excellent bookNotes1 Robert Picirilli's partwhole argument about the scope of election leaves uite a bit to be desired2 Personal note perhaps a better way of understanding previenient grace is middle knowledge Since God knows the counter factual of what would persuade me outside my sinful nature he can call me according to the faith I would have under those conditions3 It's ironic that calvinists read Acts 1614 as proof of effectual calling Picirilli uses it as proof of previenient grace The two views are in opposition and they use the same verse as justification


  9. says:

    Covers a lot of the intellectualexegeticaltheological angles of this issue uite well but certainly doesn't cover all of them and almost entirely avoids discussing the heart of the issue Certainly the book would be longer if it covered everything I wanted it to


  10. says:

    A good presentation and defense of Classical Arminianism from an Conservative Orthodox Evangelical perspective


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