Melanchthon and Bucer (Library of Christian Classics) by Wilhelm Pauck

By Wilhelm Pauck

Provides within the English language, and in convenient-size gentle disguise volumes, a range of the main vital Christian treatises written sooner than the top of the 16th century. those books meet the necessity of lay humans and libraries, scholars and pastors, for a unmarried set of books containing the nice literature of the Christian background. The texts are heightened in usefulness through a wealth of introductory fabric, explanatory notes, bibliographies, and indexes. The contents of every quantity are the exact same as within the unique hardbound variation.

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But who is there of all men who, according to nature, does not prefer to be permitted to indulge his appetite, and who does not bear with bitterness being coerced by law? If you do not now sense this, it makes no difference; the time will come when you will most certainly realize how the mind hates to have its desires curbed by law. Furthermore, John 1:12 f. " You see that blood is damned, as are the will of man, the will of flesh, that is, every last aspect of the power of nature. But from God sons are born again.

In his discussion of sin and the unfree will, he makes much of the ''affections," "the emotions," or "the inner disposition" (affectus) (pp. ), and he asserts that they are not in the power of either intelligence or will and that they can be changed only by a divine action. Grace is defined as "God's favor" (favor Dei) and as God's goodwill toward us. The Roman Catholic teaching, according to which it is or can be seen as a "quality" in (or infused into) the human soul, is vigorously rejected. Faith is described as a personal trust in God's promise of forgiveness.

III. T H E THEOLOGICAL CONTENT OF THE Loci communes In this Introduction we must not discuss the entire content of Melanchthon's work, for our purpose should be not to prejudge it for the reader but to help him in understanding it. We shall therefore point out merely those features of Melanchthon's thought which give his work a special character. Anyone can plainly see that he let Pauline thought as it is expressed mainly in the letters to the Romans and the Galatians determine his teaching. His chief themes are sin and grace and the law and the gospel.

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