1522–1526: Unrest

Gregory B. Graybill

in Evangelical Free Will

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589487
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594588 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

1522–1526: Unrest

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The Wittenberg Unrest of 1521–2 caused Melanchthon to emphasize civil freedom, although he still maintained the spiritual bondage of the will. This new emphasis occurred in tandem with the development of Luther's political theology of various dualities in reality. Meanwhile, Melanchthon strongly sided with Luther in his dispute with Erasmus over the freedom of the will.

Keywords: Wittenberg unrest; civil freedom; political theology; two kingdoms; dualities; Erasmus; free choice; Luther; antinomy

Chapter.  11447 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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