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40 Questions about Arminianism (40 Questions Series)

, 2022
ISBN: 9780825446856
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The actual life and teaching of Jacobus Arminius are often unknown or misunderstood across many Protestant traditions. Answers beyond a basic caricature can be elusive. What are the essential historical backgrounds of Arminianism, and what theological teachings connect to the Arminian point of view? Mixing solid historical research with biblical and doctrinal precision, Baptist scholar J. Matthew Pinson clarifies the foundations of this influential tradition.

40 Questions about Arminianism addresses the following questions and more:

  • Who was Jacobus Arminius?
  • How has the church interpreted God’s desire that everyone be saved?
  • How is Arminianism different from Calvinism?
  • Can one be both Reformed and Arminian?
  • What is “universal enabling grace”?
  • What do Arminians mean by “free will”?
  • Do Arminians believe that God predestines individuals to salvation?
  • Is it possible for a Christian to apostatize?

An accessible question-and-answer format helps readers pursue the issues that interest them most and encourages a broad understanding of historic and contemporary Arminianism, with additional resources available at 40questions.net.

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  • Addresses common questions
  • Explores the historical background of Arminianism
  • Encourages a broad understanding of historic and contemporary Arminianism

Top Highlights

“This creation-fall-redemption-consummation schema coheres with Reformed Arminianism. It sees a holistic cohesiveness between a broadly Reformed view of what it means to be redeemed from a fallen state (even though that does not involve predestinarianism) and what it means for God’s sovereign rule to govern creation, redemption, and consummation (even though that sovereignty is about God’s rule, his Lordship, not about his meticulous determination of every detail of reality).” (Pages 59–60)

“His only important disagreement with Calvin was on the particulars of the doctrines of predestination and the resistibility of grace. Arminius did not, however, think particular, irresistible grace and unconditional election were the essential core of either Reformed theology or Calvin’s version of it.” (Page 67)

“He was more influenced by Grotius and later anti-Calvinists such as the Anglican Arminians and John Goodwin.” (Page 49)

“In 1610, not long after Arminius’s death, some of his followers, led by men such as Johannes Uytenbogaert, Simon Episcopius, and Hugo Grotius, and supported by political leaders such as Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, issued an entreaty to the States General known as a Remonstrance.” (Page 21)

“To understand Calvin’s doctrine of unconditional election, we must understand his doctrine of the divine foreordination of all things. Election has to be unconditional because God, to be God, must be the sole determiner of all things.” (Page 29)

  • Title: 40 Questions about Arminianism
  • Author: J. Matthew Pinson
  • Series: 40 Questions Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2022
  • Logos Release Date: 2022
  • Pages: 395
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subject: Arminianism
  • ISBNs: 9780825446856, 0825446856
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-10-10T17:43:27Z

J. Matthew Pinson is President of Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as a pastor of churches in Alabama, Connecticut, and Georgia. He has received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of West Florida, Master's degree from Yale, and Doctorate from Vanderbilt. His primary interests are historical theology, the intersection of ecclesiology and cultural studies, higher education, and leadership. He lives with his wife, Melinda, and their children, Anna and Matthew, in Nashville.


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  1. Matthew Honeycutt
    This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Reformed/Classical Arminianism. Well written and fair. Pinson has written a great overview of Reformed Arminianism in a great Q&A series format. Even if you are not Arminian this is a great addition to understand what Reformed Arminians truly believe and teach. It is always a good practice for Christians to understand how other Christians view the teaching of the Bible that is different than their own view. This would be the one work that can help meet that particular need. I highly recommend this work.
  2. David Taylor Jr
    40 Questions About Arminianism is a must-read for anyone who takes part in the debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. Yes, both sides of the fence need to read this book. Dr. Pinson does an excellent job of laying at the history of Arminian belief as well as showing different “sects” of Arminianism. I greatly appreciated his handling of prominent Arminians, such as John Wesley, and how they viewed different doctrines. Questions 10 and 11 are particularly good reads with regards to the atonement and justification. Throughout the book, Dr. Pinson provides great documentation for the various positions and history of Arminianism. He goes into great detail to explain concepts as well as giving a fair treatment of the Calvinist position on various topics. While I do not agree with everything in the book, Dr. Pinson is fair but unashamedly Arminian. For the Arminian reading this book, you will learn more about the storied history of your theological position. For the Calvinist reading this book, you will learn some things that may surprise you and find that we have much more in common with Arminius than you might think. You will also learn that many Arminians throughout history were not really representative of Arminius at all. The book, while academic in nature, is an easy read. It is an accessible, useful, and relevant resource that any Christian would be wise to have in their library. I congratulate Dr. Pinson on his thorough work, and thank him for the thoughtful and friendly exchanges we have enjoyed over the last few weeks. I am happy to commend this book to you with four out of five stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review. https://reformedtruths.com/2022/05/16/40-questions-about-arminianism-revisited/