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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!, 15 July 2013
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You read this and you realise that 99% of modern evangelicals and reformed churches don't do Luther but rather preach a theology of glory, which forces Christians to be exceedingly pious or artificially happy. It's like one is never free to act as a normal flawed human being, but has to constantly strive to be holy standing in their own power. Luther, on the other hand, draws our attention to the Cross as the complete work of Christ for everyone who believes in him. It's done. It's by grace that we have been saved, through faith -- and this is all about God's work, not from ourselves or any personal merit. God doesn't take into account merits or demerits in order to do his work through us. We are not God"s helpers in a sense that he needs us to accomplish anything, but we are to help our neighbours and to serve God in any capacity we are called to serve.

"You read this and you realise that 99% of modern evangelicals think like the great catholic scholar, Erasmus, and squirm when reading Luther."

This book is definitely a must read for anyone who wants to make sense and survive the chaos scenario in modern churches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and illuminating, 21 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Bondage of the Will (Paperback)
This is not an easy book to read, its style is alien to a modern reader in that it is not so much a study or examination as it is a lengthy whinge against Erasmus's Diatribe on Free Will. It is one sided and without reading the Diatribe it is hard to judge the relative arguments in relation to each other.

That being said the book is fascinating as it shows that what is usually thought of as Calvinism is not really any different to Luthers teachings with relation to free will and election. The reformation was squarely based on total depravity and election, there was no disagreement between Luther and Calvin on this issue.

A real strength of this particular volume is the lengthy historical notes as more than any other book an understanding the context of this book is vital if it is to be understood.

My own feeling is that the debate between Erasmus and Luther was a bit of a mismatch, they were arguing different things. Erasmus was making a philisophical arguement, Luther a theological one. Luther's belief was based on what the Bible said, Erasmus believed a combination of what he wanted to be right and what the church said was right.

The points put forward by each party are still classic arguments, but it is the context of the argument that is so fascinating.
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