Yesterday I met with my Abingdon rep. One of the most exciting titles that caught my eye was Reconsidering Arminius edited by Keith D. Stanglin, Mark G. Bilby, and Mark H. Mann. Here’s the catalog description:
The theology of Dutch theologian Jacob Arminius has been misinterpreted and caricatured in both Reformed and Wesleyan circles. By revisiting Arminius’ theology, the book hopes to be a constructive voice in the discourse between so-called Calvinists and Arminians.
Traditionally, Arminius has been treated as a divisive figure in evangelical theology. Indeed, one might be able to describe classic evangelical theology up into the 20th century in relation to his work: one was either an Arminian and accepted his theology, or one was a Calvinist and rejected his theology. Although various other movements within evangelicalism have provided additional contour to the movement (fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, etc.), the Calvinist-Arminian ‘divide’ remains a significant one. What this book seeks to correct the misinterpretation of Arminius as one whose theology provides a stark contrast to the Reformed tradition as a whole. Indeed, this book will demonstrate instead that Arminius is far more in line with Reformed orthodoxy than popularly believed, and show that what emerges as Arminianism in the theology of the Remonstrants and Wesleyan movements was in fact not the theology of Arminius, but a development of and sometimes departure from it.
This book also brings Arminius into conversation with modern theology. To this end, it includes essays on the relationship between Arminius’ theology and open theism and Neo-Reformed theology (especially that of Karl Barth). In this way, this book fulfills the promise of the title by showing ways in which Arminius’ theology—once properly understood—can serve as a resource of evangelical Wesleyans and Calvinists doing theology together today.
There is an impressive list of contributors:
Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs
Mark G. Bilby
Oliver D. Crisp
W. Stephen Gunter
John Mark Hicks
Mark H. Mann
Thomas H. McCall
Richard A. Muller
Keith D. Stanglin
E. Jerome Van Kuiken
Reconsidering Arminius will be out in December. It will be a paperback with 192 pages and sell for $39.99.