Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation (Library of Christian Classics)

Erasmus Martin Luther Philip S. Watson E. Gordon Rupp

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Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation (Library of Christian Classics)

Luther and Erasmus Free Will and Salvation Library of Christian Classics This volume includes the texts of Erasmus s diatribe against Luther De Libero Arbitrio and Luther s violent counterattack De Servo Arbitrio E Gordon Rupp and Philip Watson offer commentary on

  • Title: Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation (Library of Christian Classics)
  • Author: Erasmus Martin Luther Philip S. Watson E. Gordon Rupp
  • ISBN: 9780664241582
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • This volume includes the texts of Erasmus s 1524 diatribe against Luther, De Libero Arbitrio, and Luther s violent counterattack, De Servo Arbitrio E Gordon Rupp and Philip Watson offer commentary on these texts as well.Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars aThis volume includes the texts of Erasmus s 1524 diatribe against Luther, De Libero Arbitrio, and Luther s violent counterattack, De Servo Arbitrio E Gordon Rupp and Philip Watson offer commentary on these texts as well.Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history Through these works each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.

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    1. Bob on said:

      Erasmus and Luther: The Battle over Free Will edited by Clarence H. Miller, translated by Clarence H. Miller and Peter Macardle. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2012.Summary: This work is a compilation of the argument between Erasmus and Luther over the place of free will and grace in salvation, excluding most of the supporting exegesis but giving the gist of the argument.How free is the human will? This is a theological and philosophical discussion that has been ongoing for at least t [...]

    2. J. Alfred on said:

      Tyndale once says that he refrains from expounding a textual gloss "for tediousness": one wishes that both Luther and Erasmus might have learned a lesson from the man, not primarily in their scripture interpretation, but in their controversial style. Line by line answering of the other party gets to be pretty old pretty quickly, especially when one of the respondents is as prolix and sticks to the point as little as Martin Luther. This text skips whole sections, which are both important and enjo [...]

    3. Brian on said:

      Update:I re-read/skimmed this for my students, and the debates meant a lot more to me, this time around.Luther's rhetoric, though still as entertaining as ever, had its tragic side, especially when looking at Erasmus' initial forray, which was perfectly reasonable, though wrong. I do strongly agree with what Luther says, especially in the light of the New Perspective on Paul; the arguments have not substantially changed. There are some truly beautiful parts in Luther's little polemic.Review:This [...]

    4. Christopher on said:

      Luther admitted he thought this was his best work and I am inclined to agree. In this response to Erasmus of Rotterdam he presents a compelling case for the exhaustive sovereignty of God over all of creation and particularly in electing and predestining those whom he saves, he also shows how this does not conflict with the idea that man is held responsible for his sin, addressing the same question Paul does in Romans 9, "How can [God] still blame us, if no one resists his will?" Luther's writing [...]

    5. Humphrey on said:

      A conveniently paired publication. I ship Team Erasmus real hard, so I would give his work a four and Luther's snotty rebuttal a two. Erasmus, working in a Catholic tradition despite his critiques of many church practices of his own day, produces a sincere attempt to synthesize a bible full of varying accounts of free will (or the absence thereof). My distaste for Luther's response stems less from the theology itself - though I confess to finding it rather knuckle-headed compared with the histor [...]

    6. J. Alfred on said:

      Fanstastically interesting, and one of the most important controveries in church history, to say nothing of being personally impactful (that is, if you believe in an all powerful God, where does that belief leave your power of making decisions-- in simple terms, is there room for both you and God in a logically sound universe?). Even more, if possible, than the actual subject matter (assuming that most adults have thought through the issue a little bit in the past), the disputants themselves are [...]

    7. Joseph Sverker on said:

      This is a great edition to have the two essential texts on the question of free choice in one and the same volume with a good introduction. Even though Luther points out that he is no learned man in comparison to Erasmus it is obvious that both are well read and are making a huge amount of references to both classical and patristic literature and thinkers and then the Bible of course. It seems to me that in terms of biblical interpretation Luther might have the stronger case her, but I am not su [...]

    8. AskHistorians on said:

      hink predestination is a horrible and cruel doctrine? Don't understand why the Reformation ripped Europe to shreds for a century and a half? Let two of the most compelling writers in Christian history (yes, even in translations) show you. In which theologies are extremely clearly laid out, reputations are asserted and defended, one party is endlessly graciously, and one party brings all the snark. This will make you fall in love with the Reformation, with rhetoric, and with primary sources.

    9. Nolan Croce on said:

      Free will is definitely an interesting topic, but Luther's poor writing structure makes this a tough read to get through, and it's not his fault! This book feels slightly out of context since it is a collection of written refutes from two different authors from two different countries from two different times. However, if you're interested in interpretations of what the Bible has to say on free will, definitely read a few sections from this collection!

    10. Sean Higgins on said:

      More than fantastic!First read this at Milligan College in a 16th century Reformation class. Of the six students, I was the only one, along with the professor, in agreement with Luther. Great semester of conversations.Read this again about ten years later with a friend. As enjoyable a reread, if not more so.Reading Erasmus’ challenge first was not a waste, but a perfect setup.

    11. Charlie on said:

      The works themselves are crucial to understanding theological debates in Western Christianity. The edition is well-done. I heartily applaud the choice to include Erasmus' later works, which are often left out the debate. There is some abridgment, which I normally dislike, but it was done judiciously.

    12. Josh on said:

      Challenging but profitable book. Erasmus wants to suggest that there may be some small role for the human will, assisted by grace, in achieving salvation. Luther responds strongly, vehemently even, against this view. Read this book to better understand the heart of the Reformation, as Luther argues against Erasmus' view to exalt free grace and to make such grace available to all sinners.

    13. J. Ewbank on said:

      Thoughtfully and well done translations of the differences between Luther and Erasmus on this point.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

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