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  1. The Bondage of the Will
    The Bondage of the Will
    Martin Luther
    Baker / 1957 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Rev. Don W. Robertson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Foundational Book for the Faith
    February 20, 2012
    Rev. Don W. Robertson
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    This book and translation is excellent. Martin Luther lays the foundation for the Protestant doctrine of the total inability of the Will to believe in Christ outside of God's enabling grace. It gives a death blow to the false teaching that the will is not fallen and the view that it is able to believe savingly in Christ prior to conversion without the Holy Spirit regenerating the heart. I highly recommend that every Christian read this book to understand this issue about the will which was pivotal in Luther's thinking about the gospel of grace. Sadly many people who claim to be protestants today are actually unaware that they are disagreeing with Luther and the other giants of the reformation about this vital topic and consequently undermining the doctrine of God's Sovereign grace in salvation.
  2. Jonathan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 18, 2009
    Jonathan
    First published in late 1525, this work represents Luther's fullest treatment on the issue of "free will." Luther interacts with his contemporary, Erasmus of Rotterdam, considering the nature of human "freedom" and its implications for understanding how one responds to the Gospel. Luther gives a classic reformed (i.e., Augustinian) response to the question, emphasizing the depravity of man and espousing a will-of-inclination view of man (i.e., man does what he most wants to do). Thus, while God permits evil, sinful people desire to do sinful things, are ultimately responsible for their own actions, and can only be saved by God's provident grace acting upon them and enabling them to respond in faith. This is one of Luther's most insightful and colorful writings. Luther argues full-voice against his opponent, taking a harsh (one might even say caustic) tone throughout. While this work is not a good place for those new to the subject to begin, those in the church interested in the historical theology, intermediate students in theology, pastors, and academics will find this work helpful for understanding the issues related to the free-will debate as well as a window into Luther's thought. It is to this audience that I highly recommend the book. This volume has an excellent introductory essay by J. I. Packer, outlining both historical and theological issues surrounding the work.
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