Today I found a great breakdown of the main differences in the views of Arminianism and Calvinism. A few different discussions I have had over the last couple months has really started me on a journey of thinking about what basic theological understanding is required for salvation.

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”
But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

There is something very beautiful about this passage. The one thing this man sees is that he is sinful and Christ is not. No sinners prayer, no last-minute plea, just an acknowledgement of where he deserves to be and to be remembered. I had a professor that once went down a rabbit trail on the word remember, fascinating topic in scripture. Joseph asked the cup-bearer to remember him (Genesis 40), The psalms make a plea for God to remember his people, Jesus at the last supper states “do this to remember me” (Luke 22.19). Now I am on a trail of my own. Here is the article from the Society of Evangelical Arminians: An Outline of the FACTS of Arminianism vs. The TULIP of Calvinism, the full article starts the breakdown for each point.


Arminianism may be represented by the acronym FACTS:

Freed by Grace (to Believe)
Atonement for All
Conditional Election
Total Depravity
Security in Christ

These points broadly and roughly correspond to the historic Articles of Remonstrance (though they are not specifically a representation of them), which were composed in July 1610 by early Arminians and constitute the first formal summary of Arminian theology. Article numbers have been indicated for each point for convenient comparison.


The Calvinist position may be represented by the acronym TULIP:

Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints

These are derived from the Synod of Dort, a local synod in Holland, which convened in 1618-1619 to contradict and condemn the Articles of Remonstrance.

Here is a great pdf chart of the 2 views and the basic breakdown of each point