The Bondage of the Will

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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First published in 1525, Martin Luther's "Bondage of the Will" is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther response to Desiderius Erasmus' "Diatribe on Free Will, " written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty. For Luther, this key issue of free will is directly connected to God's plan of salvation. Is man able to save himself, or is his salvation entirely a work of divine grace? This work is vital to understanding the primary doctrines of the Reformation and will long remain among the great theological classics of Christian history.


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User Review  - Stormrev1 - LibraryThing

Crisp convincing arguments De Servo Arbitrio by Martin Luther records the debate between Luther and Erasmus, in one of the earliest pieces of Reformation literature and one of the best known ... Read full review

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This book and translation is excellent. Martin Luther lays the foundation for the Protestant doctrine of the total inability of the Will to believe in Christ outside of God's enabling grace. It gives ... Read full review


Publishers Preface
Erasmus Preface Reviewed Section 1
The Sovereignty of God Sections 9 27
Exordium Sections 28 40 63
Second Part Sections 76 134
Third Part Sections 135 166

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Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German monk, priest, professor, theologican, and church reformer, whose teachings inspired the Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines and culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions.

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