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Evangelical Free Will – Phillipp Melanchthon's Doctrinal Journey on the Origins of Faith - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Evangelical Free Will: Phillipp Melanchthon's Doctrinal Journey on the Origins of Faith

Gregory Graybill


If one is saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ, then what is the origin of that faith? Is it a preordained gift of God to elect individuals, or is some measure of human free choice involved? Initially, Philipp Melanchthon concurred with Martin Luther—that the human will is completely bound by sin, and that the choice of faith can flow only from God's unilateral grace. But if this is so, what about those whom God has not chosen? Is he not casting people into hell who never even had a chance? What are the pastoral implications for believers thinking about the nature of God and their own relation ... More

Keywords: Melanchthon, free will, free choice, predestination, paradox, justification, Erasmus, Luther, faith, Loci communes

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Graybill, author
Minister, Cross Creek and Langeloth Presbyterian Churches, Southwestern Pennsylvania

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