Arminian theologian, Roger Olson, has an interesting teaser on a forthcoming book by Kenneth Stewart to be published by InterVarsity Press in March. Stewart, professor of theology at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, entitles the volume Ten Myths about Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition>>>
One nugget Dr. Olson mentions sparkled brightly before my eyes. Says Olson,
One of the most interesting parts of the book (so far) is an exhaustive account of the history of the TULIP device. According to Stewart it cannot be found before about 1913 and Reformed theologian Lorraine Boettner (The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination) popularized it. Unfortunately, Stewart argues, it has become the canon of authentic Reformed orthodoxy among many of today’s Calvinists.
The non-negotiable union card for the "truly Reformed" was apparently invented (or at least popularized) by a 20th century theologian less than a century ago.
Pentecostals are often derided for tongues going only to the 18th century under Edward Irving while Dispensationalists similarly are ridiculed for their origins in J.N Darby (or the Scofield Bible) during a similar timeline. Come to find out, the "Reformed" and their impregnable, non-negotiable T.U.L.I.P. apparently comes chronologically later than critics allege for either Charismatics or Dispensationalists.
From West Georgia, we call that a hoot.
With that, I am...