The two perspectives in this book, Erasmus' affirmation of free will and Luther's affirmation of predestiny are essential to understanding the schism within Christianity and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
I was very surprised to discover the extent to which, by all appearences, the arch Roman Catholic scholar is infact in many ways the more modern perspective given the popular impression of the Protestant Reformation as essentially a modernisation of the Christian religion and abandonment of arcane or antiquated, even superstitous practices.
The clash between these two theorist I would go so far to say foreshadows many debates and discourses which came afterwards in political ideology, philosophy and even science between orthodoxy and change, free will and determinism.
Even if you are not concerned particularly with Christian theology or European culture it can give insights into dialogue and discourse, including the referencing or literary authorities, in this instance scriptural support.
A good read which I would recommend to academics or general readers.
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