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The Captivation of the Will: Luther Vs. Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage (Lutheran Quarterly Books) [Paperback]

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Pages   118
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802829066  
EAN  9780802829061  


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Introduction by James A. Nestingen 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 ten sermons that proclaim the message of salvation through Christ alone while elegantly relating theological inquiry to everyday life.

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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 ten sermons that proclaim the message of salvation through Christ alone while elegantly relating theological inquiry to everyday life.

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More About Gerhard O. Forde, James Arne Nestingen, Steven D. Paulson & Steven D. Paulson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerhard O. Forde was professor of theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also taught at Luther College in Iowa and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His many publications include The Law-Gospel Debate, Justification by Faith: A Matter of Life and Death and Where God Meets Man: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel.

Gerhard O. Forde currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota.

Gerhard O. Forde has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Spectrum
  2. Theology


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Excellent analysis of Luther vs. Erasmus on free will  May 14, 2006
Reading Luther's "Bondage of the Will," his answer to Erasmus' critique of his gospel, is a formidable task. If you ever wanted to get the gist of it without doing the labor, this is the book for you. Forde brings to life one of the most important books of the Reformation, literally destroying that last bastion of the flesh, "free will" in the process. This book has been a particular blessing for me, a non-Lutheran. It's brilliant insights into the powerful gospel Luther preached are breathtaking! Also, there an excellent introduction to set the historical stage for Luther's debate with Erasmus.
 
A Great Teacher  Jun 21, 2005
Gerharde Forde is a great teacher, and it is a fitting tribute to his life and work that Eerdmans would publish two volumes of his work in their "Lutheran Quarterly Books" series. "A More Radical Gospel" is a longer and equally excellent collection of Professor Forde's work, but this is the volume I kept hoping would come out, because Forde's teaching on Luther's Bondage of the Will is unparalleled, and now, even if you didn't get to sit in on one of his classes, you can at least read the notes.
This book is also a tribute, prefaced and introduced as it is by Forde's epigones, Paulson and Nestingen. Both of these introductory essays in tone and style are indicative of the theological school that has taken root around Forde. It's a small school, often embattled, but also worth listening to.

As for the sermons attached to these Forde volumes, printed sermons can never take the place of the original sermon, but they are a wonderful indication of the way in which Forde's theology was and continues to be for the sake of proclamation.
 

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