This compilation of writings from Erasmus and Luther's great debate--over free will and grace, and their respective efficacy for salvation--offers a fuller representation of the disputants' main arguments than has ever been available in a single volume in English. Included are key, corresponding selections from not only Erasmus' conciliatory A Discussion or Discourse concerning Free Will and Luther's forceful and fully argued rebuttal, but--with the battle now joined--from Erasmus' own forceful and fully argued rebuttal of Luther. Students of Reformation theology, Christian humanism, and sixteenth-century rhetoric will find here the key to a wider appreciation of one of early modern Christianity's most illuminating and disputed controversies.
Clarence H. Miller is Professor Emeritus of English, St. Louis University. Peter Macardle is Lecturer in German in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University. James D. Tracy is Professor Emeritus of History, University of Minnesota.
Preface; Introduction; An Outline of All Three Works; Erasmus: A Discussion or Discourse Concerning Free Will (1524); Luther: The Enslaved Will (1525); Erasmus: The Shield-Bearer Defending, A Discussion, Part 1 (1526); Erasmus: The Shield-Bearer Defending, A Discussion, Part 2 (1527); Bibliography & Abbreviations; Index.