Concordia Theological Monthly

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luther, grace, mercy, lutheran, de servo arbitrio, free will

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The third and final chapter of our study in De Servo Arbitrio deals with the question, What portions of this treatise must be discarded by good Lutherans? The Catholic and the thoroughgoing synergists feel bad over the entire book. They will never forgive Luther for his mighty vindication of the thesis that salvation is by grace alone. They have put the whole book on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. But there are others, who are not necessarily synergists, who would like to put certain portions of the book on the Index. They strenuously object to certain teachings or at least to certain statements contained in our book. Terrible things are being said about De Servo Arbitrio. It would fare badly if the average theologian were asked to censor it.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Romans 9:20; Matthew 23:37; Romans 11:33; Romans 9:18;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars