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1526–1528: Philosophy

Gregory B. Graybill

in Evangelical Free Will

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589487
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589487.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

1526–1528: Philosophy

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Melanchthon's shifting thoughts on free will were not driven by an incorporation of philosophical metaphysics into his theology, as some have argued. Instead, Melanchthon embraced the tools of humanism, but always strictly separated theology from Aristotelian metaphysics. An analysis of Melanchthon's writings on Colossians (1527–8), and the Visitation Articles (1527–8) follows. In these years, Melanchthon further delineated a divided rule of God between the temporal and spiritual realms, such that the human will enjoyed temporal freedom, while remaining in spiritual bondage.

Keywords: philosophy; humanism; Aristotle; rhetoric; Colossians; visitation articles; temporal (civil) realm; spiritual realm; divided governance of God

Chapter.  16909 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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