Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness

Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness : Philip Melanchthon's Exegetical Dispute with Erasmus of Rotterdam

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This book argues that Philip Melanchthon, conventionally pictured as hopelessly caught in the middle between Erasmus and Luther, and more "Erasmian" than a Lutheran theologian should have been, was, at least theologically, not Erasmian at all, but in fact sharply anti-Erasmus. Wengert draws largely on Melanchthon's Scholia on the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians as well as on a range of other contemporary sources to address a number of important questions,
including the complicated and elusive relationship between humanism and the Reformation and the issues of proper biblical interpretation of free will, of divine and human righteousness, and of political order.
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  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 162 x 253 x 24mm | 560g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195115295
  • 9780195115291
  • 1,499,716

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... an erudite contribution to Reformation studies ... A book to be read on holiday or study leave. * The Expository Times * ... this is not only an immensely stimulating book, but one that merits the highest rating and due recognition as a work of lasting value for a wide readership ... a work of major importance. * Journal of Theological Studies * Wengert's book clearly ranks with the very best studies of Melanchthon that we have in print. * The Journal of Religion *
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