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Although both Erasmus and Martin Luther wanted to reform the Church, both disagreed on the correct methods of bringing about the desired changes. Below, I list the contrasts between Erasmus and Martin Luther in their attitudes and roles to the reform of the Catholic Church in the 16th Century.
He was open to persuasion and to debate. Luther was more dogmatic immovably opinionated. Each accused the other of having the right intentions but the wrong solutions. On the other hand, Luther insisted that if the Church was to be cleansed of all impurities, an uncompromising allegiance to absolute dogma was a necessity.
Luther felt that Erasmus did not possess the necessary characteristics or aptitude to be an effective reformer. Both Erasmus and Luther disagreed on the theological definition of free will. Erasmus did not want to rock the boat too much; he felt that the authority of Scripture and the authority of church tradition were of equal consequence.
On the other hand, Luther believed in Sola Scriptura by Scripture alone and sola fide justification by faith alone.
Luther attested that salvation was the work of God alone. He believed that the idea of free choice was an illusion, and that the imperfection of human nature rendered any claim to salvation by works impossible.
Meanwhile, Erasmus believed in theological synergism.
This theological difference was at the heart of the conflict between Erasmus and Luther during the Reformation.Jan 30, · Both Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus argue that the Catholic Church practiced immoral ideologies, however, they disagree on the extent to which the Church is guilty and should be reformed.
In the book, In Praise of Folly (), Erasmus claims that one cannot buy . 1. Introduction. More than any other person, Erasmus through his publications and letters created the intellectual and spiritual milieu into which the Protestant Reformation was born; and more than anyone except Martin Luther, he shaped the early development of .
The Manifesto of the Reformation — Luther vs. Erasmus on Free Will. Erasmus begins by defining free will as ‘a power of the human will by which a man can apply himself to the things the newly initiated eucharistic controversy.
35 . In and , seven years after Martin Luther began the Reformation, Erasmus of Rotterdam (–) and Luther held a “debate” in print entitled On Free Will and Salvation.
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Top Full text of "Martin Luther, the hero of the reformation: ". Jan 01, · Martin Luther gives a thorough defense of the sovereign grace of God over against the "semi-Pelagianism" of Erasmus by going through much of Erasmus' On the Freedom of the Will phrase by phrase.
Against the cooperating work of salvation defended by Erasmus, Luther attacks Erasmus at the very heart of the issue.