Arminius/Arminianism Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University

, posted by SEA

The Wesleyan Center at Point Loma Nazarene University is sponsoring the upcoming conference, Rethinking Arminius: Wesleyan and Reformed Theology for the Church Today on February 24 and 25, 2012.

In addition to the plenary lectures, there is a call for papers on any topic related to Arminianism.

From the conference website:

Traditionally within American Christian circles, the name of Jacob Arminius has marked a point of division between branches of Protestant Christianity. On the one side are Reformed Christians who have often labeled Arminius the rebellious founder of a semi-Pelagian stream of theology, while on the other side are Anglican, Methodist and other Christians who have often cast Arminius as an heroic martyr, unjustly persecuted for criticizing the theological excesses of Luther, Calvin and their scholastic heirs. Hagiography and polemics aside, who was Arminius really? Was he really a semi-Pelagian heretic or an anti-Calvinist hero, or was the historical Arminius far more complex and far less divisive a figure?

These questions are of particular importance as Evangelical Christianity today faces the challenges of secularism, pluralism, and entanglement on both sides of the culture wars. Are we living in a time and place in which Wesleyan and Reformed Christians might reconsider our divisions and animosity? Do we have a common and core Evangelical faith in which we might all take refuge? Does the historical Arminius, as one who stood at the historical heart of both of our traditions, have a significant role in helping us to find common ground?

For more information, see the conference website: www.pointloma.edu/arminiusconference.