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Decision theology is a popularized form of Christian theological belief regarding the way one must receive or achieve salvation in Jesus Christ. The premise of decision theology is that one must make a conscious decision to accept Christ, in contrast to Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed beliefs.
This view is most commonly found among many fundamentalist and evangelical Protestant evangelists. It is generally seen by most Protestant theologians as a simplified, often over-simplified, form of Arminian theology that postulates co-operation between man's free will and the grace of God in salvation, while rejecting the traditional Protestant, monergistic conception of regeneration.
In the Roman Catholic Church, the same kind of decision theology especially occurs with important figures, such as the Fiat of Mary during the Annunciation, the call of Saint Matthew and the conversion of Paul of Tarsus. Accordingly, Mary, Matthew and Paul are given as absolute models for believers to follow in their Yes to Christ.
- Altar call
- Augustine of Hippo
- Conversion to Christianity
- Regeneration (theology)
- Sinner's prayer
- Dictionary of theological terms - Decision theology defined
- A Discussion of “Experience” and “Decision” in Relation to Salvation - A Lutheran perspective
- Decisionism: An Invitation to Cross-Less Christianity - Adapted from Becoming an Emissary for God by Allen Atzbi
- Theological Observer Charles Finney on Theology and Worship by Lawrence R. Rast, Jr.
- Decision Theology: Can you make a decision for Christ? Extreme Theology
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