Erasmus and Luther on Free Will

Erasmus and Luther on Free Will
Date
4 February 2019, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Description

Organised by PhD students Fabio Tononi and Vito Guida


The Seminar will focus on the concept of free will as it was understood by Erasmus of

Rotterdam (1466–1536) and Martin Luther (1483–1546). We will concentrate on two
texts: Erasmus’s De Libero Arbitrio (1524), and Luther’s violent counterattack, De Servo Arbitrio (1525). We will start the seminar by analyzing Erasmus’s text. We will then move onto the larger work written by Luther.


The attendees of the Seminar will be able not only to engage with the ideas that have

shaped Christian theology and the Church through the centuries, but also to discuss ideas (such as, for instance, the notions of freedom, choice, thought, truth, tradition,

hermeneutics) which are relevant outside of the theological field.

The Seminar is targeted at postgraduate students. The aim is to promote a platform where, prompted by the texts, the participants will be able to reach a better appreciation of the issues at stake. Participants will be provided in advance with extracts, so that during the seminar everyone will be able to actively engage in the discussion.

If you would like to join this reading group, please email Fabio Tononi via fabio.tononi@postgrad.sas.ac.uk. 




Programme:


I. 10th Dec: Erasmus, On the Freedom of the Will (Prefatory Observation;
Introduction to the Disputation).


II. 14th Jan: Erasmus, On the Freedom of the Will (Scripture Passages that Support
Free Choice; Scripture Passages that Seem to Oppose Free Choice).


III. 4th Feb: Erasmus, On the Freedom of the Will (Examination of Luther’s
Arguments in His Assertio; Epilogue).


IV. 4th Mar: Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Introduction; Review of Erasmus’
Preface).


V. 1st Apr: Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Comments on Erasmus’ Introduction).


VI. 6th May: Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Refutation of Arguments in Support
of Free Choice).


VII. 3rd Jun: Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Refutation of Arguments in Support
of Free Choice).


VIII. 1st Jul: Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Defense of Arguments Against Free
Choice).

Contact

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