Author: Joel Radford

TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 6

This article is part 6 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 ‘Exordium’. My summary Firstly today Luther answers Erasmus’ argument that free will cannot be wrong as God wouldn’t have overlooked the error for so long.  Luther’s rebuttal focuses on demonstrating that there was great ignorance of important doctrines at different times in Biblical history. Secondly Luther answers Erasmus’ claims that Scripture is obscure and ambiguous by demonstrating...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 5

This article is part 5 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 ‘Exordium’ by reading Sections 28 to 33. My summary This week Luther answers Erasmus’ sideswipe at Luther for only accepting the authority of the canonical Scriptures. Basically Luther demands that those who assert the freewill of man must prove their authority using the same basis which Scripture proves its authority: (i) miracles; (ii) Spirit; (iii) sanctity. After...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 4

This article is part 4 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 sovereignty of God’. My summary Today we finish the chapter on the sovereignty of God. Firstly Luther continues to defend the Word of God as over and above: (i) popes; (ii) councils. Then Luther begins to teach further on the concept of free will. We learn about God’s will, including reasons for his declaration of his...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 3

This article is part 3 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 sovereignty of God’ by reading Sections 9 to 19. My summary Today we start a chapter on the sovereignty of God. Luther states his purpose of the section at the beginning of the chapter: ‘THIS, therefore, is also essentially necessary and wholesome for Christians to know: That God foreknows nothing by contingency, but that He foresees, purposes,...

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TOG Book Club: Luther’s Bondage of the Will – Part 2

This article is part 2 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) – Read ‘Erasmus’ Scepticism’ and ‘The necessity of knowing God and his power’. My summary Firstly today Luther attacks Erasmus’ skepticism, particularly for viewing the church decrees as equal in authority with the Scriptures. Secondly Luther discusses the ramifications of Erasmus’ claims of a distinction between the Christian doctrines and ‘pretending’ that some are necessary and some not necessary....

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