Am I Predestined?: Luther and Calvin on the Dangers of Speculating about Election Apart from Christ

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

In 1524 Erasmus of Rotterdam decided to engage the famous Martin Luther in a debate over free will and salvation. Critical of Luther's grace-oriented approach, Erasmus warned that Christians should not "through irreverent inquisitiveness rush into those things which are hidden, not to say superfluous." Among the list of irreverent or superfluous debates, Erasmus included the question, "whether our will accomplishes anything in things pertaining to eternal salvation." This assertion did not sit well with Luther who in 1525 published his book The Bondage of the Will as a way of responding to Erasmus' ...

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