Calvinism vs. Arminianism

Many of our Baptist friends come from a Calvinist background.  Have you ever had someone ask you if you believe in once saved always saved?  Methodists come from an Arminian background.  Here are a few great resources explaining some of what that means.

Foundations of Wesleyan Arminian Theology by Mildred Bangs Wynkoop.  This book is not for the faint of heart or for those unwilling to dig into some fairly deep theology.  However, those who do will be richly rewarded.  A must read for anyone who wants to really understand the roots of it all.   From the description on Amazon:  “Herein is a most discriminating study of the basic differences between historic Calvinism and Arminianism and the developments in both theological traditions that have created the mounting barriers to the understanding of each other’s position. Dr. Wynkoop deals authoritatively with the critical issues, and incisively cuts through the prevalent fuzzy theological concepts, but all with delicacy and understanding. The monumental contribution of John Wesley in defining the doctrine of sanctification is a key emphasis in the book, along with the central issue of Christian assurance.”

This is a great short article on the commonalities and differences between Calvinism and Arminianism.  Click Here

A short six minute video by Ben Witherington entitled, Why I’m not a Calvinist.  Click Here

A short article by James Pedlar challenging the Calvinistic position.  Click Here

Another short video by Ben Witherington challenging a Calvinistic reading of Romans 9-11.  Click Here