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Evangelical Free Will: Phillipp Melanchthon's Doctrinal Journey on the Origins of Faith

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If one is saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ, then what is the origin of that faith? Is it a preordained gift of God to elect individuals, or is some measure of human free choice involved?

The debate over the relation between election and free will has a central place in the study of Reformation theology. Phillipp Melanchthon's reputation as the intellectual founder of Lutheranism has tended to obscure the differences between the mature doctrinal positions of Melanchthon and Martin Luther on this key issue. Gregory Graybill charts the progression of Melanchthon's position on free will and divine predestination as he shifts from agreement to an important innovation upon Luther's thought.

Initially Melanchthon concurred with Luther that the human will is completely bound by sin, and that the choice of faith can flow only from God's unilateral grace. Over time, this understanding caused Melanchthon increasing concern. The problem of its eternal implications for those whom God has not chosen, and its pastoral implications for believers, combined with Melanchthon's own intellectual aversion to paradox and prompted him to continue developing his ideas.

Melanchthon came to believe that the human will does play a key role in the origins of a saving faith in Jesus Christ. This was not the Roman Catholic free will of Erasmus, rather it was belief in a limited free will tied to justification by faith alone; an evangelical free will.

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Revision of author's thesis (D. Phil.)--University of Oxford, 2002 under title: The evolution of Philipp Melanchthon's thought on free will.

About the Author

Gregory Graybill attended Whitworth College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford (Wycliffe Hall), where he received the D.Phil in Theology. Ordained in 2004, he presently pastors two small rural Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

I: Foundations

1. Introduction

2. Doctrinal Prologue

3. Luther

II: The Bound Will

4. 1519-22: Advent

5. 1522-26: Unrest

6. 1526-28: Philosophy

7. 1529-31: Augsburg

III: Evangelical Free Will

8. 1532-35: Conversion

9. 1536-47: Tremors

10. 1548-53: Aftermath

11. 1554-60: Twilight

12. Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199589487
Author:
Graybill, Gregory B.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Graybill, Gregory
Author:
null, Gregory
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology Theology
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Theology
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.5 x 1 in 1.575 lb

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