Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gar! (Not the Fish - The Other Kind)

I can't think anymore about Luther and Augustine. They're driving me nuts! I think I finally understand where they differ on the Will, but I sure hope and pray that what I'm writing makes as much sense to my professor as it does to me. Augustine (St) is so slippery sometimes!

To make it very, very simple, I think it's like this.

Augustine: Free Will.
"Salvation by Grace" recipe: God gratuitously gives a "good will" to evil merit, then helps the "good will" with grace so that the "good will" does good works which constitute good merit which is rewarded with eternal life.

Luther: Enslaved Will.
"Salvation by Grace" recipe: God gives faith to believe Gospel of salvation. Faith justifies because Christ's works are vicariously applied, thus fulfilling the law, without any works of the man justified.

3 comments:

Moria said...
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Moria said...

Forgiveness should be in here somewhere for both of them.

I also think speaking of an enslaved will, at least as Luther means it, to contemporary humanity, confuses the issue. The terminology is not understood in the same way.

But then I guess it wouldn't be simple anymore.

TruthQuestioner said...

:D Yeah. I know papers are a way of making us think about issues, but sometimes I feel like I don't understand well enough to write about the subject. Thanks Pastor.