Author: Joel Radford

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

This article is part 12 of 17 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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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 11

This article is part 11 of 17 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 82 to 90. My summary This week Luther continues to answer Erasmus’ discussion on the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. Firstly Luther deals with Erasmus’ comment that it is absurd that God should harden the heart of man: ‘“It appears absurd (says the Diatribe) that God, who is not only just...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 10

This article is part 10 of 17 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: Second Part’ by reading sections 76 to 81. My summary Today Luther begins to examine two Scriptures which seem to be more prominent than the rest of Erasmus’ proof texts for free will. The texts are (i) Exodus 9:12 ‘The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh’; (ii) Malachi 1:2-3 ‘Jacob have I loved, but Esau...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 9

This article is part 9 of 17 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: First Part’. My summary Once again Luther looks at further passages which Erasmus cites in favour of free will, yet again are really about what one ‘ought’ to do, not what one ‘can’ do. The passages include: (i) Deuteronomy 30:11-14; (ii) Matthew 23:37-39; (iii) Matthew 19:17. Then Luther moves to a new argument of Erasmus,...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 8

This article is part 8 of 17 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: First Part’ by reading sections 53 to 64. My summary Today Luther continues to argue against Erasmus’ interpretation of Scripture by giving his own expositions. The passages that are dealt with come from: (i) Genesis 4:7; (ii) Deuteronomy 30:19; (iii) Isaiah 1:19; (iv) Jeremiah 15:19; (v) Malachi 3:7; (vi) Ezekiel 18:23. Basically in all these...

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