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The Library of Christian Classics - Luther & Erasmus

Westminster John Knox Press / 1995 / Paperback

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"This offeres the texts of Erasmus' 1524 diatribe against Luther, De Libero Arbitrio, and Luther's violent counterattack, De Servo Arbitrio....In his introduction Watson...offers an impartial analysis of the two men's positions, while Rupp...in his introduction dismisses much of 'what is given as Erasmus' own original and conscious articulation' as a reflection of the background of Christian assumptions of the time, rendered 'at a level that is always edifying and profitable, but hardly ever profound.' Both editors assume familiarity with the circumstances of the conflict."
--Library Journal

The Library of Christian Classics, Ichthus Editon, presents in the English language, and in convient-size soft cover volumes, a selection of the most indespensable Christian treatises written before the end of the sixteenth century. These books meet the need of lay people and libraries, students and pastors, for a single set of books containing the great literature of the Christian heritage. The texts are heightened in usefulness by a wealth of introductory material, explanatory notes, biblioraphies, and indexes.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0664241581
ISBN-13: 9780664241582
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Series: Library of Christian Classics

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This volume includes the texts of Erasmus's 1524 diatribe against Luther, De Libero Arbitrio, and Luther's violent counterattack, De Servo Arbitrio. E. Gordon Rupp and Philip Watson offer commentary on these texts as well.

Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works--each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century--contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.

Author Bio

E. Gordon Rupp was Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge in England. Rupp also served as President of the British Methodist Church in 1969. Phillip S. Watson has served as Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

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