The Bondage of the Will

The Bondage of the Will Book Summary

First published in 1525, Martin Luther's "Bondage of the Will" is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther's response to Desiderius Erasmus's "Diatribe on Free Will, " written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty. For Luther, this key issue of free will is directly connected to God's plan of salvation. Is man able to save himself, or is his salvation entirely a work of divine grace? This work is vital to understanding the primary doctrines of the Reformation and will long remain among the great theological classics of Christian history.

Title:The Bondage of the Will
Edition Language:English



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  • Douglas Wilson

    Just great. Little pieces of Erasmus flying everywhere. Also read in June of 1988....

  • Jay Miklovic

    This book was very difficult to get through because so much was packed in each sentence. While reading this book I found myself on a number of occasions reading less than a page in a sitting. With tha...

  • Paul Rhodes

    In the chapter before the conclusion of On the Bondage of the Will, Luther belches out this rather shocking paragraph:"Only observe, therefore, the simplicity of the words By the law is the knowledge ...

  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley

    I’m going to relate the movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and a John Steinbeck novel to this book. But first, after having read this book there is no doubt that there are still modern day reverberations...

  • Corey

    Luther: 1"Free-will": 0Erasmus, my friend, you have been owned....

  • Genna

    Holy crap, what a dick....

  • Brent McCulley

    An attractive unabridged translation of Martin Luther's magnum opus, "Bondage of the Will" stands out as a theological gemstone packaged into 250+ pages of Luther's diatribe at its best. Written as a ...

  • Amber Standridge

    Excellent engagement with the various passages used by Erasmus to support the Catholic view of free will in salvation. Also, very helpful images throughout to explain the arguments. One image I found ...

  • Greg

    Luther is an utter jackass when writing this book. While there may be stylistic differences between how people wrote in the 16th Century to now, there's not a whit of Christian charity show in the ton...

  • Michael Cunningham

    Difficult at times, but highly rewarding. Must read again!...