Roger E. Olson

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Roger E. Olson (born 1952) is Professor of Theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.[1][2]

Olson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied at Open Bible College in Des Moines, North American Baptist Seminary, and Rice University.

He is also an ordained Baptist minister.[3] He is married with two children.

He is a five-point arminianist and wrote a book (Against Calvinism, 2011) arguing for this school of theology.

He is noted for a broad view of what constitutes Protestant "orthodoxy." For example on annihilationism he commented that some evangelical theologians have "resurrected the old polemical labels of heresy and aberrational teaching" in order to marginalize other evangelicals holding the view (The mosaic of Christian belief, 2002).[4] Olson is one of the writers who sees two "loose coalitions" developing in evangelical theology.[5]

Olson coined the label "Pannenberg's Principle" for Wolfhart Pannenberg's argument (1969) that God's deity is his rule - "The divinity of God and the reign of God in the world are inseparable."[6]

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Among Olson's many works are:

  • The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction(2013) ISBN 0-8308-4021-4
  • Against Calvinism (2011) ISBN 0-310-32467-X
  • God in Dispute: "Conversations" among Great Christian Thinkers (2009) ISBN 0-8010-3639-9
  • Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption (2009) ISBN 0-8308-3708-6
  • How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (2008) ISBN 0-310-28338-8
  • Questions to All Your Answers: A Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith (2007) ISBN 0-310-27336-6
  • Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology) (2007) ISBN 0-0-8010-3169-9
  • Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (The Pocket IVP Reference (2007) ISBN 0-8308-2706-4
  • Arminian Theology: Myths And Realities (2006) ISBN 0-8308-2841-9
  • Pocket History of Theology (The IVP Pocket Reference) - (Olson & English) (2005) ISBN 0-8308-6709-0
  • The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology (Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology) (2004) ISBN 0-664-22464-4
  • The Trinity (Guides to Theology) - (Olson & Hall) (2002) ISBN 0-8028-4827-3
  • The Mosaic of Christian Beliefs: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity (2002) ISBN 0-8308-2695-5
  • The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform (1999) ISBN 0-8308-1505-8
  • 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age - (Olson & Grenz) (1997) ISBN 0-8308-1525-2
  • Who Needs Theology?: An Invitation to the Study of God's Word - (Olson & Grenz) (1996) ISBN 0-8308-1878-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Short bio and picture
  2. ^ http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/author.pl/author_id=705
  3. ^ Curriculum Vitae
  4. ^ George R. Knight Seventh-Day Adventists answer questions on doctrine 2003 p473 "In a similar vein, Roger E. Olson has pointed out that "many conservative evangelical theologians have resurrected the old polemical labels of heresy and aberrational teaching to marginalize those evangelicals who would dare to embrace a belief that was once relegated to the sectarian margins of Protestantism. This hardly seems like a valuable expenditure of time and energy. Annihilationism does not strike at the heart of the gospel or even deny any major Christian belief; it is simply a reinterpretation of hell. "
  5. ^ Mark G. Toulouse God in public: four ways American Christianity and public life relate 2006 p241 "Roger E. Olson has developed the discussion of these two "loose coalitions" in "The Future of Evangelical Theology," Christianity Today (hereafter CT) (February 9, 1998): 40-48. He offers Edward Veith's Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide .
  6. ^ Stanley James Grenz -The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of ... 2001 p49 "own poignant statement, which Roger E. Olson has labeled "Pannenberg's Principle."133 "

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