Erasmus and Luther on Free Will

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 seminar, please email Fabio Tononi via fabio.tononi@postgrad.sas.ac.uk.

Spring Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
14 January 2019 4pm - 5pm Erasmus, On the Freedom of the Will (Scripture Passages that Support Free Choice; Scripture Passages that Seem to Oppose Free Choice). Warburg Room 308
4 February 2019 4pm - 5pm Erasmus, On the Freedom of the Will (Examination of Luther’s Arguments in His Assertio; Epilogue) Warburg Room 308
4 March 2019 4pm - 5pm Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Introduction; Review of Erasmus’ Preface) Warburg Room 308
1 April 2019 4pm - 5pm Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Comments on Erasmus’ Introduction) Warburg Room 308

Summer Term 2019

Date Time Title Location
6 May 2019 4pm - 5pm Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Refutation of Arguments in Support of Free Choice) Warburg Room 308
3 June 2019 4pm - 5pm Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Refutation of Arguments in Support of Free Choice Warburg Room 308
1 July 2019 4pm - 5pm Luther, On the Bondage of the Will (Defense of Arguments Against Free Choice) Warburg Room 308