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The Captivation of the Will: Luther vs. Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage
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The Captivation of the Will: Luther vs. Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage

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Eerdmans 2005

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Overview

The Captivation of the Will provocatively revisits a perennial topic of controversy—human free will. Highly esteemed Lutheran thinker Gerhard O. Forde cuts to the heart of the subject by reexamining the famous debate on the will between Luther and Erasmus.

Following a substantial introduction by James A. Nestingen that brings to life the historical background of the debate, Forde thoroughly explores Luther’s Bondage of the Will and the dispute between Erasmus and Luther that it reflects. In the process of exposing this debate’s enduring significance for Christians, Forde highlights its central arguments about Scripture, God, the will, and salvation in Christ.

Luther recognized that the only solution for humans bound by sin is the forgiveness that comes from Christ alone. Convinced that this insight represents the heart of the Christian gospel, Forde concludes with 10 sermons that proclaim the message of salvation through Christ alone while elegantly relating theological inquiry to everyday life.

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Key Features

  • Examines the free will debate between Luther and Erasmus
  • Analyzes the central arguments in Luther’s Bondage of the Will
  • Includes 10 original sermons relating Luther’s theology to everyday life

Contents

  • Introduction: Luther and Erasmus on the Bondage of the Will
  • The Argument about Scripture
  • The Argument about God
  • The Argument about Our Willing
  • The Argument about Christ and Salvation
  • Sermons:
    • “The Easy Yoke”
    • “Justification by Faith Alone”
    • “A Word from Without”
    • “On Getting out of the Way for Jesus”
    • “The Perilous Journey”
    • “Go Away, Jesus!”
    • “I Chose You”
    • “On Death to Self”
    • “We Are Being Tranformed”
    • “What Matters”

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About Gerhard O. Forde

Gerhard O. Forde (1927–2005) was professor emeritus of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His other books include On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518, Where God Meets Man, and Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life.

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