The Lutheran Doctrine of Predestination, A Melanchthonian Perspective

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007

In the earliest editions of his Loci communes theologici ("Common Topics of Theology"), Luther's friend and colleague Philip Melanchthon did not address in great detail the doctrine of predestination. In the Loci of 1521, for instance, he discussed it only briefly in the section dealing with the freedom of the human will. Following the teaching of Luther he stated: "If you relate human will to predestination, there is freedom in neither external nor internal acts, but all things take place according to determination." (1) Other than ...

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