Author: Joel Radford

TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 16

This article is part 16 of 16 in the series Book Club: Luther's Bondage of the WillRequired reading The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, preferably the version translated by Henry Cole (Available from the Wandering Bookseller or free here) – Commence the ‘Discussion: Third Part’ by reading Sections 135 to 142. My summary Today Luther begins his third section of the book which will give his best proofs against free will from the writings of Paul and John. This week Luther starts to examine Paul’s writings. Luther’s main objective is to prove that there is no one righteous,...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 15

This article is part 15 of 16 in the series Book Club: Luther's Bondage of the WillRequired reading The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, preferably the version translated by Henry Cole (Available from the Wandering Bookseller or free here) – Conclude the ‘Discussion: Second Part’. My summary This week Luther continues to refute Erasmus’ own responses to passages cited by Luther against free will. The passages are: (i) Jeremiah 10:23 ‘O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps’; (ii) Proverbs 16:1, 9...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 14

This article is part 14 of 16 in the series Book Club: Luther's Bondage of the WillRequired reading The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, preferably the version translated by Henry Cole (Available from the Wandering Bookseller or free here) – Continue the ‘Discussion: Second Part’ by reading sections 111 to 122. My summary Luther now refutes Erasmus’ own responses to passages cited by Luther against free will.  They focus primarily on the ability of the ‘flesh’. The passages are: (i) Genesis 6:3 ‘My Spirit shall not always remain in man; seeing that he is flesh’; (ii) Genesis 8:21...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 13

This article is part 13 of 16 in the series Book Club: Luther's Bondage of the WillRequired reading The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, preferably the version translated by Henry Cole (Available from the Wandering Bookseller or free here) – Continue the ‘Discussion: Second Part’ by reading sections 98 to 110. My summary Firstly this week, Luther looks at Erasmus’ explanations of Paul’s comments about Jacob and Esau in Romans 9.  Erasmus claims: ‘THIS place the Diatribe evades by saying — ‘that it does not properly pertain to the salvation of man. For God (it says) may will...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 12

This article is part 12 of 16 in the series Book Club: Luther's Bondage of the WillRequired reading The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, preferably the version translated by Henry Cole (Available from the Wandering Bookseller or free here) – Continue the ‘Discussion: Second Part’ by reading sections 91 to 97. My summary Today Luther counters Erasmus’ teaching about necessity of the consequence: ‘At one time it says, ‘that there is a necessity of the consequence, but not a necessity of the thing consequent.’ At another, ‘that there is an ordinary will, or will of the sign, which...

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