Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson
Born 1952
Des Moines, Iowa
Education Ph.D. Rice University,
Occupation Professor, Author
Church Meadow Oaks Baptist Church, Temple, Texas
Ordained Southern Baptist Convention (pre-1991 split of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship)
Offices held
Evangelical Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion
Title co-chair

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 and together with his wife, they have two daughters and one granddaughter.

He is a five-point Arminian and wrote a book (Against Calvinism, 2011) arguing for this school of theology. He also wrote a popular and widely acclaimed survey of Christian theology titled The Story of Christian 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]

In 2015 he was named the editor of the Handbook of Denominations in the United States 14th edition.[7]


Among Olson's many works are:


  1. Short bio and picture
  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 "
  7. "A New Research Project: Editing/Revising the "Handbook of Denominations in the United States"". Roger E. Olson. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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