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The Bondage of the Will 1525 (Study Edition) (The Annotated Luther Series)

Martin LutherVolker LeppinKirsi Stjerna (Ed)

The Bondage of the Will 1525 (Study Edition) (The Annotated Luther Series)

Martin LutherVolker LeppinKirsi Stjerna (Ed)

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In autumn 1525, Luther wrote The Bondage of the Will as a response to humanist and theologian Erasmus of Rotterdam's On Free Will. Luther's treatise is important on four accounts: First, Luther wanted to show his own humanist education. Second, against Erasmus, who had maintained that the question of free will could not be decided just on the basis of the Bible, Luther stressed the clarity imbedded in Scripture. Third, Luther stressed that his denial of the free will pertained to the issue of salvation, while in other areas of life not relevant for this fundamental existential matter, free will could be acknowledged. Finally, he introduces the distinction of the revealed and the hidden God to make clear that a Christian must focus on God as shown in Jesus Christ rather than speculating about God's potency in general. Luther's argument on the matter of the bound and free will poses a challenge and an invitation for constructive contemporary theology. This volume is excerpted from The Annotated Luther series, Volume 2. Each volume in the series contains annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther's context and to interpret his writings for today.

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In autumn 1525, Luther wrote The Bondage of the Will as a response to humanist and theologian Erasmus of Rotterdam's On Free Will. Luther's treatise is important on four accounts: First, Luther wanted to show his own humanist education. Second, against Erasmus, who had maintained that the question of free will could not be decided just on the basis of the Bible, Luther stressed the clarity imbedded in Scripture. Third, Luther stressed that his denial of the free will pertained to the issue of salvation, while in other areas of life not relevant for this fundamental existential matter, free will could be acknowledged. Finally, he introduces the distinction of the revealed and the hidden God to make clear that a Christian must focus on God as shown in Jesus Christ rather than speculating about God's potency in general. Luther's argument on the matter of the bound and free will poses a challenge and an invitation for constructive contemporary theology. This volume is excerpted from The Annotated Luther series, Volume 2. Each volume in the series contains annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther's context and to interpret his writings for today.
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Meet the Authors

Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483 , 1546) was a German monk, a theologian and church reformer, he is considered to be the founder of Protestantism. Luther was a professor of Bible at the University of Wittenberg when he posted his famous 95 Theses (1517). In addition to writing many books, Luther translated the Bible into German. Luther believed that salvation was only by faith in Jesus , unmediated by the church. He challenged papal authority by emphasing the Bible as the only source of religious authority and believed the church to be a priesthood of all believers.These ideas helped to inspire the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization. He married Katharina von Bora thus initiating the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.- Publisher.

Volker Leppin

Volker Leppin (PhD, University of Heidelberg) is widely regarded as the leading German historian of the late medieval period. He is professor of church history at the University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany.

Kirsi Stjerna (Ed)

Kirsi Stjerna (Ph.D., Boston University) is Associate Professor of Reformation Church History and Director of the Institute for Luther Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She is the editor of The Role of the Bishop: Changing Models for a Global Church (2001), Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective (1998) and No Greater Jewel: Thinking about Baptism with Luther.
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  • Catalogue Code 451573
  • Product Code 9781506413457
  • ISBN 1506413455
  • EAN 9781506413457
  • Pages 116
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category Martin Luther
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Jun 2016
  • Sales Rank #75847
  • Dimensions 234 x 190 x 7 mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

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