A Review on Dr. Martin Luther’s ” Bondage of the Will”

Dr. Martin Luther’s ” The Bondage of the Will,” or ” De Servo Arbitrio,” as it was originally entitled, was written as a rebuke. As a result of increasing pressure from the papacy to condemn Luther’s writing, Erasmus wrote a book called ” The Freedom of the Will,” or ” De Libero Arbitrio,” to affirm his obedience to papal authority and to attack the Reformation that Luther launched in 1517 with his posting of the Ninety- Five Thesis at the Castle Church and his affirmation of his writings at the 1521 Diet of Worms.  Erasmus, a man of the Northern Renaissance, was a humanist who actually championed the same sorts of ecclesiastical reforms that Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists and others all over Europe were then currently militating for. The difference was that Erasmus wanted to move at a more conservative pace and within the boundaries placed by the Roman Curia, […]