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Jacob Arminius wrote that he sought to teach only those things which could be proved from the Scriptures and that tended toward edification among Christians... His motto was reputed to be "Bona conscientia paradisus", meaning, "A good conscience is a paradise."


This is not a site about Arminius or Arminianism per se, but instead claims a lineage in the theological tradition that is based upon that same ethos.  The main thrust of this site is two fold.  One, to identify seminal theological voices within Arminianism that had finally come to terms with the legacy of the Early Father's syncretism of neo-platonist philosophical statements about "the Supreme Being."  The old assumptions about the metaphysical attribute of God's supposed "timelessness" made it impossible to present a rationally coherent description of the Moral Attributes of God.  Since Augustine's day the fundamental hermeneutic about God's Being was centered in the notion that He lived in an "eternal now". A philosophical abstraction that dates back to at least Plato's day.  


Secondly, this site will show the legacy of the denial of "the timelessness of God"  by men like Richard Watson, and L. D. McCabe based on a high view of the inspiration and truthfulness of Scripture to the present day. That historical lineage was passed on in the work of Gordon C. Olson and Harry Conn.  In the late sixties and early seventies, Olson's lectures, based on his original method of applying engineering research methods to the study of Scripture, were presented in a number of evangelical missionary training centers in America and Europe.  His own contributions affirmed, along with Watson and L D. McCabe, that the future for God and man was not fixed but was partially open based on the incipiency of both God and man's will.  That is, the future free choices of moral beings made in the image and likeness of God involve contingency, i.e., a "may or may not" aspect that is not open to "pre knowledge" in any fixed or determinate way. ​ God's openness to man's response and willingness to forgive sin and change His mind accordingly is the true hallmark of the God revealed in the Bible.  For nearly a decade and a half that messages was taken around the world in missionary outreach by those of his students who were sold out to bring the Gospel to every nation. 

That influence has been documented as influential in Clark Pinnock's theological pilgrimage (in a letter from Pinnock in 1978) and preceded the publication of "The Openness of God" ( IVP 1994).   

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