desiderius erasmus, martin luther, free will, christian doctrine, grace, salvation, reformation
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
On Sept. 6, 1524, Desiderius Erasmus, the foremost literary man of his day, sat in his study writing a letter to a distinguished friend and patron, Henry VIII, King of England. In the course of his letter came the words: ''The die is cast. The little book on free-will has seen the light of day." He was referring to his Diatribe seu collatio de libero arbitrio ("Discussion or Conference Concerning Free Will"), which had been published at Basel five days earlier. He wrote more truly than he knew. The die was now cast indeed. A Rubicon had been crossed, and one of the great storms of history was about to break.
History of Christianity
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Packer, James I.
"Luther Against Erasmus,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 37, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol37/iss1/16