Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Norman Nagel

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 8:7; Galatians 3: 19; Luke 19: 1-10; Luke 24: 47; Luke 5: 1-11; Romans 2: 4; Romans 8: 15;


Three major antinomian controversies took place in Wittenberg in the sixteenth century, one during Luther's lifetime and two after his death. The first controversy, which is the subject of our study, had its beginnings in 1527 in an argument between Johann Agricola and Philipp Melanchthon. The occasion for this was the visitation of the churches in electoral Saxony and the major issue was the role of the law in repentance. The main phase of the first controversy however was the dispute between Agricola and Luther between 1537 and 1540. The issue was basically the same. The second and third antinomian controversy, which broke out after Luther's death, were between the Philippists and theGnesio-Lutherans. The issue at stake this time was the question of the third use of the law. The matter was finally settled by the Formula of Concord.

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