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

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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 deba ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Philippe Deblois
Oct 22, 2013 Philippe Deblois rated it it was amazing
A book to return to year after year. This is a great summary of Luther's Bondage of the Will.
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The book, “The Captivation of the Will,” was written by Gerhard O. Forde to give a bird’s eye view of the reformation discussion between Luther and Erasmus on the subject of the will. While Forde does not go into an intense and long length discussion, he rather tries to paint a picture of the theological and psychological environment using broad strokes.

At the heart of the debate between Erasmus and Luther was obviously the understanding of the will. Is the will free or bound? That was the main
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Sep 10, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
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The book, The Captivation of the Will, was written by Gerhard O. Forde to give a birds eye view of the reformation discussion between Luther and Erasmus on the subject of the will. While Forde does not go into an intense and long length discussion, he rather tries to paint a picture of the theological and psychological environment using broad strokes.

At the heart of the debate between Erasmus and Luther was obviously the understanding of the will. Is the will free or bound? That was the main qu
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Mar 19, 2008 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Theologian explains how Luther called Erasmus on his bullshit theories about humans' relationship to free will and God.
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This book is a good summary of Luther's Bondage of the Will.
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Gerhard O. Forde was an American Lutheran theologian who wrote extensively on the Protestant Reformation and Lutheran Theology and tradition. He was professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and even after Dr. Forde's retirement in 1998 he remained active as a teacher and lecturer for several years.
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